WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The hits were hard to come by when the Winston-Salem State Rams (7-19) took an 11-1 loss to the Anderson (S.C.) Trojans (27-7), Sunday afternoon. The Rams' defense was solid for much of the game, but the team's offensive struggles were too much to overcome in the tough loss.
As a team, the Rams struggled to hit the ball against some strong pitching by the Trojans. The Rams managed just one hit in the game, but were able to manufacture a run in the tough loss. Junior outfielder Anna Marino recorded the sole hit of the game for the Rams when she hit a short grounder to the pitcher that she was able to beat out to get to first base.
Though the Rams struggled to find hits, the team was able to keep the Trojans within reach for much of the game. After allowing a first inning run, the Rams held the Trojans scoreless until allowing a pair of fourth inning runs. After playing through a slight drizzle, the Rams were able to record a run when Marino scored on a steal attempt by senior pitcher Chyna Riley. The effort left the Rams trailing, 3-1. The Rams allowed another fifth inning run before things broke open and the Trojans scored seven sixth inning runs to leave the Rams trailing, 11-1. The team would not manage to score a sixth-inning run to take the six-inning loss.
Riley (2-3) took the pitching loss for the Rams, going 5.0 innings with 11 runs allowed (six earned). She also totaled two strikeouts with just one walk allowed. Fellow senior Mercedes Hargett came in for an inning and didn't allow any hits or runs.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 7-19 overall. The team will return to the road for their next action when the team heads to Misenheimer, N.C. to take on the Pfeiffer Falcons in a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.
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