SALEM, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-12) could not get their offense going when the team took a 6-0 loss to the Malone Pioneers (7-5) on the second day of the Salem (Va.) Tournament. The Rams struggled against the tough Pioneer defense as the team managed just three hits in the tough loss.
The Rams could find no answers for the Malone pitching in the game. WSSU junior third base/pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three performance at the plate with a double. WSSU freshman designated player Mesha Jones got the only other hit in the game for the Rams with a one-for-three effort at the plate.
Defensively, the Rams had a solid day in spite of the loss. The team held Malone scoreless for five of the seven innings played. The Rams allowed three third inning runs and three sixth inning runs in the loss.
WSSU junior Chyna Riley (4-3) took the pitching loss, going three innings with three runs allowed (three earned) on four hits allowed and a strikeout. Fellow junior Mercedes Hargett game in for four innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits. She finished the game with three strikeouts.
The Rams will return to action tomorrow when the team takes on the West Virginia State Yellowjackets to close out the tournament.
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