FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-21, 3-4 CIAA) opened Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play on a down note when the team took a heartbreaking 6-5 road loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (5-18, 4-3 CIAA), Friday afternoon. The Rams held a late lead, but a late rally by the Broncos gave the Rams the tough loss.
The Rams took the loss in spite of some solid effort in the game. The team totaled 10 hits in the game with freshman designated player Ryan Oakes leading the way with a two-for-two batting effort. Junior short stop Destiny Snipes was two-for-four with an RBI.
The game was an intense affair from beginning to the end. The Rams took the early lead junior left fielder Jasmine Holloman hit an RBI single to score sophomore second base Daijah Chambers. However, Fayetteville State added a pair of first inning runs, but the Rams answered in the second inning when Snipes hit an RBI bunt single to score Oakes to tie the game, 2-2. Fayetteville State added another pair of runs in the third inning to leave the Rams trailing, 4-2, but Chambers drew an RBI fielder's choice to allow freshman right fielder Destiny Middleton to score and pulled the Rams to within a run, 4-3. Fayetteville State would add a sixth inning two-run home run to leave the Rams trailing, 6-3. The Rams staged a seventh-inning rally with a pair of scores, but the team could not force the seventh inning and took the tough 6-5 loss.
WSSU sophomore Erica Davis (4-11) took the pitching loss. She went all six innings with six runs allowed (six earned). She also added a pair of strikeouts.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 5-21 and 3-4 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play. The team also falls to 0-1 in CIAA Southern Division play. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader later in the day.
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