GAFFNEY, SC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (11-17) broke out of an offensive slump in a big way when the team took a 5-1 win at Limestone (19-11). The Lady Rams took the win behind a great overall effort as they recorded five runs on eight hits while holding the Saints to just one run on seven hits.
After going scoreless in the first three innings of the game and falling behind, 1-0, the Lady Rams broke out for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take the win. Sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett hit broke things open with a fourth-inning solo home run to tie the game 1-1 before senior short stop Katrina Bartlett scored on a Limestone fielding error to put the team ahead, 2-1. Hargett struck again in the fifth inning when she hit a three-RBI home run that scored freshman catcher Melissa Carillo and sophomore second base Chyna Riley and put the Lady Rams on top 5-1 for good.
The Lady Rams' offense made the most of their offense with five runs scored on eight hits. HArgett powered the WSSU win with a pair of home runs, two runs scored and four RBI in the game while Riley added a two-for-four effort at the plate with a run scored.
In addition to her hitting efforts, Hargett (7-9) took the pitching win, going all seven innings with seven hits and just one earned run allowed. She also added seven strikeouts in the game as well.
Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain. With the win, the Lady Rams snap a three-game skid. The team will get a bit of a break before their next action as they will return to action on April 17th when they host the Barton Bulldogs. 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.