PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (16-31) had their season ended, Friday when the team took a 10-2 loss to the Bowie State Bulldogs (21-19) in the elimination round of the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship. The Rams gave a strong effort in the game, but the team struggled to find their offense and could not keep up with the high-powered Bowie State Bulldogs.
As a team, the Rams had a tough time hitting the ball and getting runs across the plate. The Rams totaled just three hits in the game and managed just two runs. WSSU sophomore short stop Jasmine Holloman led the way for the Rams, going one-for-three at the plate with a double and an RBI. Junior designated player Samantha Gibbs and junior first base Anna Marino both recorded hits as well.
The Rams struggled on both sides of the ball throughout the game. The team allowed a first inning run, followed by four second inning runs, falling behind 5-0 before Holloman hit an RBI double to score Marino in the third inning. Holloman scored on the next play when a Bowie State fielding error allowed her to score and cut the WSSU deficit down to just three runs, 5-2. From there, the Bowie State offense proved too much for the Rams to overcome as the team allowed four third inning runs to the Bulldogs and fell behind, 9-2. From there, the Rams desperately worked to hold off the Bulldogs, but the team could not as a fifth inning score by the Bulldogs ended the game and the Rams' season.
Senior pitcher Mercedes Hargett (12-21) took the pitching loss, going 4.2 innings with 10 runs allowed (seven earned) with six strikeouts and just two walks.
With the loss, the Rams finish the season with a 16-31 record. 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.