CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-16, 1-1 CIAA) turned on their offense to take a key win when the team took a 9-1 win over the Virginia State Trojans (3-13, 1-1 CIAA), Friday afternoon at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Round Up. The Rams took advantage of some fielding miscues by the Trojans to secure the win.
As a team, the Rams didn't need much to take the win as they scored all nine runs on just three hits. Senior pitcher Chyna Riley led the way with a one-for-three performance at the plate with a run scored and an RBI while junior outfielder Anna Marino added a one-for-three effort with a run score of her own. Sophomore first base Mesha Jones added three RBI as well.
The Rams struck early and often, scoring in three of the five innings played. The Rams struck early with three first inning runs when senior pitcher Chyna Riley hit an RBI groundout that scored junior outfielder Anna Marino. Senior third base Rebecca Demko added another score when she hit an RBI groundout that scored sophomore Jasmine Holloman. The Rams rounded out the inning when senior third base Mercedes Hargett scored on a VSU fielding error that left the Rams on top, 3-0.
The Rams added three more runs in the third inning when both Riley and Hargett both scored on back-to-back VSU passed balls. Sophomore first base Mesha Jones added two more runs when she hit a two-RBI double that scored senior Samantha Gibbs and Snipes and left the Rams on top, 7-0.
After allowing their sole run of the game to the Trojans, the Rams answered with a big fifth inning to close out the eight-inning game. Snipes opened the scoring when she stole home, followed by a Jones RBI groundout that scored freshman Daijah Chambers.
Riley (1-0) took the pitching win, going 2.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run (one earned). She also recorded a strikeout. Fellow senior Mercedes Hargett came in for 2.2 innings with two hits and no runs allowed.
With the win, the Rams improve to 5-16 overall and 1-1 in CIAA play. The team will return to action tomorrow when they return to Nevins Park to face Elizabeth City State in an 11:00 a.m. game. The team will also face Bowie State in a 1:00 p.m. game.
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