WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (19-15) had to rally late to take a hard-fought 9-4 win over the Bluefield State Blues (2-13), Saturday afternoon. After falling behind, 3-4 in the top of the fifth inning, the Rams broke out for six fifth-inning runs to rally for their third straight home victory.
The Rams took the win behind a solid overall offensive effort when the team recorded nine run on 14 hits in the game. WSSU sophomore designated player Samantha Gibbs led the way for the Rams with a three-for-four batting effort with a run scored and two RBI. Junior pitcher Mercedes Hargett added a two-for-three batting effort with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Freshman outfielder Jasmine Holloman also recorded her first career home run in the game.
The game was a see-saw offensive battle for the two teams as momentum swung to each side during the game, but in the end, the Rams came out on top. The Rams struck first in the opening inning when Hargett hit her first RBI double of the game to score junior second base Chyna Riley, but Bluefield State answered with a score of their own in the third inning to tie the game. Gibbs would hit an RBI single to score Hargett and put the Rams on top, 2-1 in the bottom of the third to answer. Bluefield State would tie the game for the second time when they took advantage of a WSSU throwing error to score and tie the game, 2-2 in the fourth inning, but the Rams, in turn regained the lead on a Bluefield State passed ball in the fourth inning as well. Bluefield State would gain its sole lead of the game in the fifth inning when and RBI single scored a pair of Blues runs and left the Rams trailing, 3-4.
It was in the fifth inning that the Rams would take control of the game for good with six runs. Hargett got things started with her second RBI double to score Riley in the game. It was followed by an RBI single from Gibbs that scored Hargett and gave the Rams a 5-4 lead. Junior shortstop Idaysha Quinones added an RBI single that scored Gibbs before Holloman hit a three RBI solo home run to give the Rams their 9-4 lead. Once in control, the Rams turned to some shut down defense to close out the victory.
Hargett (12-9) took the pitching victory when she allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits. She also added eight strikeouts with no walks.
With the win, the Rams improve to 19-15 overall. The two teams would go on to complete the doubleheader 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.