RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (5-8) used some clutch power hitting to take an 8-6 extra-inning win over the Clarion Golden Eagles (0-1), Friday afternoon on the opening day of the Shaw Softball Challenge. After playing to a 6-6 tie at the end of seven innings, the Rams scored two extra-inning runs to claim the third straight win for the team.
WSSU sophomore Tiarra Delaney hit an eighth-inning RBI triple and then scored to put the Rams on top, 8-6 before the Rams held Clarion scoreless for the bottom of the inning to take the victory.
As a team, the Rams had a great showing with 12 hits in the game. Delaney led the way for the Rams with a three-for-three performance at the plate with three runs scored, an RBI, and a walk. Junior third base Rebecca Demko went three-for-four at the plate with a run scored and an RBI while junior second base Chyna Riley went three-for-five with a run scored and an RBI.
There was plenty of offense by both teams in the games as they two teams scored for six runs in the first three innings. After allowing a second-inning run by the Golden Eagles, the Rams answered with three third-innings runs when Delaney scored on a passed ball and Riley scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Demko. Freshman designated player Taonya Stanely added an RBI sacrifice fly to end the WSSU scoring and left the Rams on top, 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning. After allowing a pair of Golden Eagle runs to tie the game, the Rams fell behind when Clarion scored a pair of fifth-inning runs to leave WSSU trailing, 5-3. Riley went on to score Delaney on a fifth-inning RBI single before Stanely hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning that put the Rams on top, 6-5. However, Clarion would tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a solo homer and sent the game into extra innings and set the stage for the dramatic conclusion.
WSSU junior Mercedes Hargett (2-5) took the pitching victory, going all eight innings and holding Clarion to seven hits. She finished the game with six runs allowed (four earned) and 14 strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams improve to 5-8 and would go on to face the Aldersson-Broaddus Battlers later in the day. For more information on Rams softball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.