WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-27) staged a frantic seventh-inning rally, but the effort was not quite enough when the team took a hard-fought 8-2 loss to the King (Tenn.) Tornados (28-17), Tuesday evening. The Rams hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the effort was not quite enough as the Rams took the tough loss.
The Rams struggled to hit the ball throughout the game in spite of the strong seventh-inning. As a team, the Rams managed just three hits, but they made them count, scoring a pair of runs. WSSU senior designated player Samantha Gibbs and junior catcher Tierra Delany were both one-for-three with home runs in the game. Senior short stop Rebecca Demko added a single of her own.
After struggling to stop the Tornados early, the Rams clamped down on defense late in the game. The Rams allowed a single run in the first and second innings respectively before allowing a pair of third inning runs and three fourth inning runs. From there, the team turned up its defensive effort and didn't allow any runs in the fifth and sixth innings to force the seventh inning when the team allowed one more run to trail, 8-0. The Rams were able to get onto the scoreboard when Gibbs hit a solo home run, followed by a solo home run from Delaney.
WSSU senior Chyna Riley (3-6) took the pitching loss, going two innings with two runs allowed (two earned). She also added a strikeout with no walks. Fellow senior Mercedes Hargett came in for five innings with six runs allowed (four earned). She added a pair of strikeouts with a walk.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 10-27 overall. 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.