CHARLOTTE, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (22-18, 9-2 CIAA) definitely packed their offense when the team took a road trip to Charlotte, N.C. to take an 18-1 road win over the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (9-12, 8-5 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind an offensive explosion as the team recorded 18 hits in the game and turned them into 18 runs in the five-inning victory.
Though the Rams' offense stole the show, the effort could not outshine a stellar defensive effort. WSSU junior pitcher Mercedes Hargett (14-10) led the way with a stellar performance, holding Johnson C. Smith to just three hits in the game while the Rams allowed just one fifth-inning run in the game.
As a team, the Rams totaled 18 runs in the five-inning game. Hargett also added a strong batting day to accompany her pitching effort as she went three-for-five at the plate with two runs scored, a walk, and four RBI. Freshman centerfielder Destiny Snipes added a three-for-five batting effort with three runs score, three RBI, and a home run. Five more Rams recorded two hits each to seal the victory.
The Rams took control of the game early and never looked back. The team opened the game with nine first inning runs. The team kept things going in the second inning when sophomore outfielder Anna Marino reached on a JCSU fielding error that allowed freshman Tiarra Delaney to score. Snipes followed the effort with an RBI single to score Marino in turn. The 11-0 lead wasn't enough for the Rams as Riley hit an RBI single to score junior Katherine Zimmer. Marino added her second RBI of the game when she hit an RBI single to score junior third base Rebecca Demko for a 13-0 lead in the third inning. After a scoreless fourth inning, the Rams broke out once again with a five-run fifth inning. Freshman second base Jasmine Holloman kicked things off with an RBI single that scored Marino. Snipes added a two-run home run that scored Holloman. Hargett capped her stellar day in style when she hit a two-run home run that also scored junior short stop Idaysha Quinones.
With the win, the Rams improve to 22-18 and 9-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. More importantly, the team improves to 4-1 in the CIAA Southern Division for a chance at the top spot in the division. 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.