RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (22-21) turned on their defense to keep their season alive when they took a hard-fought 4-1 win over the Virginia Union (15-10) Lady Panthers, Saturday morning. With the win, the Lady Rams stay alive in the consolation bracket of the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament, Saturday morning. The Lady Rams played well on both sides of the ball to take home the victory and kept their season going.
The Lady Rams combined a solid offensive effort with some clutch defense to take the win. As a team, the Lady Rams scored four runs on six hits while holding the Lady Panthers to just one run on five hits in the game. Sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the way for the Lady Rams with a one-for-three performance with a home run, a run scored, and two RBI. Senior short stop Monet Daly added a two-for-three performance with a double and a run scored while sophomore outfielder Katherine Zimmer added a one-for-two effort with a run scored.
The Lady Rams scored all of their runs in the second and fifth innings to take the win. The team jumped out front in the second inning when a VUU fielding error allowed Zimmer to score from third base and put the Lady Rams on top, 1-0. The Lady Rams struck once again in the fifth inning when Daly scored on a VUU wild pitch. The effort was followed by a two-run Hargett home run that left the score 4-0. From there, the Lady Rams turned to their defense to key the win as they allowed just one run to the Lady Panthers and ended the game.
Hargett (10-12) took the pitching victory with all seven innings of action. She allowed one run (no earned) on five hits. She also recorded 11 strikeouts with just two walks.
With the win, the Lady Rams improve to 22-21 on the season and will face the winner of the Virginia State/Bowie State game. 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.