WILSON, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (20-17) gave a strong effort, but the team's rally was not enough as they took a 3-2 road loss to the Barton Bulldogs (12-18), Wednesday afternoon. After falling into a 3-1 deficit, the Rams added a late run to rally, but the team could not pull out the comeback victory.
The Rams' loss came in spite of a solid overall effort as they matched Barton's six hits with six hits of their own. WSSU freshman second base Jasmine Holloman led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting effort with a triple and a run scored. Freshman right fielder Taonya Stanely added a two-for-three batting effort as well.
Things looked good early for the Rams, but the team could not maintain the momentum. WSSU junior first base Mercedes Hargett led things off when she hit an opening inning RBI double to score fellow junior pitcher Chyna Riley and put the Rams on top 1-0. Barton struck in the second inning with a pair of scores and added a third run in the fourth inning that left WSSU trailing 3-1. The Rams were able to stage a late rally when Riley hit an RBI groundout that scored Holloman, but the effort was all that the Rams could muster as they took the 3-2 loss.
Riley (7-5) took the pitching loss, going six innings in the game with three runs allowed (none earned) on six hits. She finished the game with two strikeouts and just one walk.
With the doubleheader loss, the Rams fall to 20-17 on the season. The team will return to Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division play when they head to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Fayetteville State Broncos.
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