WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (10-14, 6-1 CIAA) kicked off Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play with a key 4-3 win over the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos (9-6, 5-2 CIAA), Sunday afternoon. In a game that featured some strong defense by both teams, the Lady Rams were able to pull out the win with some key late scores and some strong pitching.
The game saw momentum swing to both teams during the seven-inning affair, but in the end, the Lady Rams scored some key runs late to take the win. After Fayetteville State kicked things off with an opening-inning run, the Lady Rams answered with a pair of second-inning runs on a two-RBI double from sophomore third base Jada Johnson that scored senior Katrina Bartlett and freshman outfielder Katerine Zimmer to put the Lady Rams on top, 2-1. Fayetteville State would tie the game in the third inning, but the Lady Rams answered in the fourth inning when freshman Samantha Gibbs added an RBI single that scored Zimmer for a second time and left the Lady Rams back on top, 3-2. The Lady Rams scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth inning on a double steal that scored Bartlett and left the Lady Rams on top 4-2 heading into the seventh inning. From there, the WSSU defense took things over when they held Fayetteville State to just one seventh-inning run to seal the win.
As a team, the Lady Rams had a solid overall effort with a few miscues. Offensively, the team totaled nine hits in the game while allowing just four hits to the Lady Broncos. However, the Lady Rams had a pair of costly fielding errors and allowed the Lady Broncos to total three runs with just four hits. WSSU sophomore third base Jada Johnson led the WSSU bating effort with two hits, including a double and two RBI while senior short stop Katrina Bartlett was two-for-two with a sacrifice hit as well. Freshman outfielder Katherine Zimmer was also strong with a two-for-three effort at the plate with two runs scored.
WSSU sophomore Mercedes Hargett took the pitching victory when she went all seven innings and allowed just two earned runs on four hits. She also recorded seven strikeouts with just two walks.
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