WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (21-3, 10-0 CIAA) had a powerful performance when the team took a 9-3 win over the Fayetteville State broncos (3-21, 3-7 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. After trailing for much of the game, the Rams broke out late with eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to claim their 12th straight win.
The Rams took the win behind some long ball hitting with three home runs in the game. As a team, the Rams totaled 11 hits. WSSU junior Daijah Chambers led the way when she went two-for-four at the plate with two runs scored, a home run, and three RBI. Freshman Aniyah Jones added a three-for-three batting effort with two runs scored, a home run, and two RBI. Fellow freshman Shauntaja Dedecker added a grand slam home run of her own in the win.
WSSU got off to a slow start to the game, but the team soon heated up to pull out the win. The Rams allowed a first inning run to the Broncos as well as a pair of second inning runs. It was Jones got the Rams on the scoreboard when she hit a solo home run in the third inning. Chambers would keep things going in the fifth inning when she hit an RBI single to score Jones. The hit was followed by an RBI single from freshman catcher Alleigh Himes that scored Chambers and tied the game, 3-3. After that, Dedecker hit a grand slam homer to put the Rams on top, 7-3. The Rams added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning when Chambers hit a two run home run that capped the scoring in the game, 9-3.
Himes (2-0) took the pitching win. She started the game and went all seven innings with three runs allowed (three earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams improve to 21-3 overall and 10-0 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team also improves to 4-0 in CIAA Southern Division play. The team will return to action, tomorrow when they host the Anderson (S.C.) Trojans in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader. 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.