PEMBROKE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (0-3) gave a great effort, but the team could not get enough runs across the plate in an 8-3 loss to Kutztown (3-1) at the UNC-Pembroke Invitational Softball Tournament. The Lady Rams gave a solid overall effort in the game, but could not get the runs that they needed across the plate in the hard-fought loss.
As a team, the Lady Rams totaled seven hits in the game, but allowed 13 hits to the Bears, including four runs in the final two innings of the game. WSSU freshman catcher Melissa Carillo led the way for the team with a two-for-three effort at the plate with a triple, a run scored, and a pair of RBI. Five more Lady Rams recorded a hit each, including a double from senior infielder Monet Daly. Sophomore Mercedes Hargett and senior infielder Katrina Bartlett recorded a run scored each.
The Lady Rams allowed a pair of second inning runs, but soon answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. After Carillo drove in a pair of runs on a two-RBI triple, she crossed the plate on an error by the KU catcher. The effort left the team with a 3-2 lead. However, the Lady Rams allowed a pair of fourth-inning runs to relinquish the lead. After allowing three sixth-inning runs, the Lady Rams allowed one more seventh-inning run to end the game.
WSSU sophomore Mercedes Hargett (0-2) took the pitching loss after going six innings with seven strikeouts and seven runs allowed. Fellow sophomore Chyna Riley added an inning pitched with a strikeout and a run allowed.
The Lady Rams would not have long to rest as the team returned to action to take on the host UNC-Pembroke Braves 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 www.WSSURams.com.