RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (8-8, 1-0 CIAA) opened Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play on a high note when the team took an impressive 5-2 win over Bowie State (1-11, 0-1 CIAA), Saturday morning. The Lady Rams took the win behind a great overall effort that saw the team hold the Bowie State Lady Bulldogs to just two runs while amassing five runs on 12 hits.
The Lady Rams got their offense going early as the team scored all five runs in the first three innings of the game and then turned to their defensive efforts to close out the victory. WSSU junior short stop Monet Daly opened the game with a lead off home run to kick off a big first inning for the Lady Rams. She was followed by junior left fielder Tanaya Pettus who drove in Chyna Riley with a sacrifice fly to center field. The effort gave the Lady Rams an early 2-0 first inning lead. The team followed up their scoring efforts in the third inning when fellow senior outfielder Andreya O'Brien hit a two-RBI single that scored Pettus and Riley. Freshman catcher Mercedes Hargett rounded out the WSSU scoring with an RBI ground out to second base that scored junior third baseman Katrinia Bartlett. From there, the Lady Rams turned up their defensive efforts to secure the win as they only allowed a pair of Bowie State runs for the remainder of the contest.
As a team, the Lady Rams finished the game with 12 hits and a pair of fielding errors. Freshman utility Chyna Riley led the way for the Lady Rams with a four-for-four effort at the plate with two turns scored. Junior infielder Monet Daly added a one-for-five effort at the plate with a home run. Freshman pitcher Tiffany Massey (1-1) took the pitching victory with seven innings of work and no earned runs allowed. She also recorded seven strikeouts with just three batters walked.
The Lady Rams will go on to face Virginia State later in the day. For more information on Lady Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.