ACWORTH, GA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-1) got back to their winning ways when the team took a 9-1 five-inning win over the Clark Atlanta Panthers at the HBCU DII Tournament, Saturday morning. The Rams took the win behind a great overall defensive effort and some great offense in the win.
As a team, the Rams had a great performance both at the plate and in the field to take the win. The Rams totaled 12 hits in the game while holding the Panthers to just three hits. WSSU senior second base Destiny Snipes led the way for the Rams with a three-for-four batting performance with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Junior designated player Erica Davis added a two-for-three batting performance with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman center fielder Shauntaja Dedecker hit a solo home run as well.
The Rams broke the game open early and played some clutch defense to seal the win. Davis put the Rams on the scoreboard when she scored on a Clark Atlanta wild pitch in the first inning. Clark Atlanta answered in the bottom of the first inning to leave the game tied 1-1. However, it was in the second inning when the Rams really took things over. The team scored five runs during the inning. Dedecker got things started with her solo home run. It was followed by an RBI single from sophomore pitcher Tia Robinson. Sophomore outfielder Nyla Howard added an RBI groundout to third base as well. Robinson then scored on a CAU wild pitch that was followed by an RBI single from Davis. At the end of the inning, the Rams held a 6-1 lead over the Panthers. The Rams added two more runs in the fourth inning when freshman Alleigh Himes hit an RBI double that was followed by an RBI single from freshman Jasmine McCain. The hit put the Rams up, 8-1. It was Snipes who ended the game when she hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Rams the 9-1 five-inning win.
WSSU sophomore Tia Robinson (2-1) got the pitching win. She started the game and threw all five innings for the Rams. She held the Panthers to just one run (none earned) on three hits with four strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams improve to 4-1 on the season. The team would go on to take on the Kentucky State Thorobreds 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.