WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-5) staged a late rally, but the effort was not enough when the team took a 4-3 loss to the Claflin Lady Panthers (2-3), Wednesday afternoon. After taking a 3-1 late lead, the Rams allowed three unanswered runs to the Lady Panthers to take the loss in the Rams' season opener.
The Rams had some solid hitting in the game, but the team could not quite get the runs across the plate when they needed them in the loss. As a team, the Rams recorded five hits in the game with senior pitcher Mercedes Hargett leading the way with a double and an RBI. Freshman designated player Sydnee Brown added a hit and an RBI of her own.
After playing some stellar defense early, both teams broke out on offense late. The Rams and the Lady Panthers played to a 0-0 tie after the first four innings before Claflin struck with a fifth-inning score. The Rams answered with three fifth-inning runs. Brown struck first with an RBI groundout that scored freshman Daijah Chambers. Hargett followed when she reached base on a Claflin fielding error that allowed sophomore Jasmine Holloman. Hargett added another score when a Claflin failed pick off allowed her to score and put the team on top, 3-1. Claflin added a pair of sixth-inning scores to tie the game, followed by a seventh-inning run that left the Rams trailing, 4-3. Unfortunately, the Rams were not able to score as the team took the 4-3 loss.
Hargett (1-1) took the pitching loss, going all seven innings and allowing four runs (four earned). She recorded five strikeouts.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 1-5 on the season. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.