FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (21-17, 8-2 CIAA) staged a late rally, but the team came up short in a 9-6 road loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (11-17, 5-3 CIAA), Friday evening. After falling into a 9-3 deficit, the Rams scored three unanswered runs in the final three innings of the game, but the effort was not enough as the team took its first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division loss of the season.
The loss came in spite of a solid offensive performance by the Rams, who tied Fayetteville State Broncos with nine total hits in the game. WSSU junior outfielder Katherine Zimmer led the way for the Rams with a two-for-three batting with a run scored and an RBI. Freshman outfielder Taonya Stanely added a two-for-four batting effort with an RBI. Freshman second base Jasmine Holloman added two RBI.
The Rams got off to a slow start to the game as they allowed three first inning runs and three third inning runs to fall behind, 6-0 before scoring three fourth-inning runs. Holloman started things off with a two RBI double that scored Zimmer and sophomore catcher Melissa Carillo. Junior third base Rebecca Demko added an RBI single that scored Holloman to cut the WSSU deficit in half as the team trailed 6-3. The Rams allowed three more Fayetteville State runs to leave the Rams trailing 9-3 when the team made its late rally. The Rams opened things up in the fifth inning when Stanely hit an RBI single. Freshman outfielder Destiny Snipes added an RBI triple in the sixth inning before Zimmer hit an RBI single to center field in the seventh inning to cap the WSSU scoring, but ended the day with the 9-6 WSSU loss.
WSSU junior pitcher Chyna Riley (7-6) took the pitching loss with the start and going two full innings. She allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Fellow junior Mercedes Hargett came in for four innings and finished the game with five runs allowed (five earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 21-17 overall, 8-2 in CIAA play and 3-1 in CIAA Southern Division play. The Rams will return home for their next action as they will host the Pfeiffer Falcons, Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at the Twin City Park. 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.