CALIFORNIA, PA – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (28-12) gave it their all, but the team could not get any runs across the plate in a tough 9-0 loss to the #12 California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans (36-5). The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Lady Rams and gave the team a critical loss in the post-season tournament.
The game was a defensive battle early with neither team allowing runs in the first three innings of play. However, California (Pa.) opened things up with a two-run home run in the third inning. The Lady Rams allowed four fifth inning runs, and capped the loss with three sixth-inning runs.
As a team, the Lady Rams gave a solid effort with seven hits in the game, but they struggled to stop the Vulcans who scored nine runs on 13 hits. WSSU freshman designated player Chyna Riley led the WSSU offensive effort with a three-for-three effort at the plate. Junior second base Monet Daly added a two-for-three effort as well.
Freshman pitcher Mercedes Hargett (14-7) took the pitching loss, going 4.1 innings and allowing six earned runs and a10 hits. She also added three strike outs as well. Riley stepped in for 1.0 innings in the circle with two earned runs and three hits allowed.
With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 28-12 overall and fall to the elimination round of the tournament. The Lady Rams will face the loser of the West Chester/Bloomsburg game at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at Lilley Field in California, Pa. 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.