RALEIGH, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (25-21, 12-3 CIAA) definitely brought their offense when the team took a 15-1 win over the Shaw Lady Bears (9-29, 4-11 CIAA) to open their final doubleheader of the season. The Rams took the win behind a stellar offensive effort as they scored 15 runs in the five-inning game, their third highest scoring output of the season.
The Rams took the win by playing strong on both sides of the ball. In addition to some strong offense, the Rams played some stellar defense as well as taking advantage of some Shaw miscues to take the win. As a team, the Rams scored their 15 runs on just 11 hits in the game. WSSU freshman outfielder Destiny Snipes led the way for the Rams with a three-for-four batting effort with a double, a triple, three runs scored, and an RBI. Junior first base Katherine Zimmer added a great batting effort of her own when she went two-for-three at the plate a run scored and two RBI.
The Rams scored early and often in the five-inning win. Things got started early when Zimmer hit an RBI single to left field that scored junior outfielder Chyna Riley. Junior outfielder Idaysha Quinones kept things going when she hit a two-RBI single that scored Snipes and freshman offensive player Taonya Stanely. Junior third base Samantha Gibbs added a two-RBI double that scored Quinones and junior short stop Rebecca Demko to put the Rams on top 5-0 after the first inning. The Rams struck again in the second inning when Snipes hit an RBI triple that scored junior pitcher Mercedes Harrgett. STanely added an RBI sacrifice fly to round out the second inning scoring and left the Rams on top, 7-0. After allowing the sole Shaw run of the game in the second inning, the Rams responded with four third-inning runs. Freshman second base Jasmine Holloman kicked things off when she forced a Shaw fielding error that allowed Quinones to score. Riley followed the effort with an RBI single to left field that scored freshman pinch runner Jala Perry. Holloman then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Zimmer while Hargett added another RBI sacrifice fly to score Riley once again and kept the Rams on top, 11-1. Heading into the fourth inning. The Rams added just one fourth inning run when Gibbs hit an RBI double that scored Quinones once again. The Rams then closed out the game with three fifth-inning runs when Hargett hit an RBI single that scored Zimmer, followed by a Shaw fielding error that allowed both Snipes and Hargett to score and left the score at 15-1 before the Rams' defense closed the door with some shutdown defense in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Hargett (16-10) took the pitching win, going all five innings with one run allowed (one earned) on five hits. She also added four strikeouts and no walks in the game.
With the win, the Rams improve to 25-21 overall and 12-3 in CIAA play. The team also improved to 5-2 in the CIAA Southern 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.