WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (0-4) gave a great effort for seven innings, but the team struggled in extra innings to take a 12-2 loss to the Barton Bulldogs (2-5), Monday afternoon. The score belied a strong overall effort by the Rams, but the team had one costly inning of struggles that cost the team the loss.
The Rams gave a solid overall effort in the tough loss. As a team, the Rams totaled six hits in the game. Senior designated player Samantha Gibbs led the way for the Rams, going two-for-four in the game with a double. Junior shortstop Jasmine Holloman was one-for-three with a run scored and an RBI in the game.
Things looked good for the Rams for much of the game. The team opened the game on a high note when Holloman scored on a Barton passed ball to go ahead 1-0. The Rams held the lead until the sixth inning when Barton scored a run of their own to tie the game. The Rams were able to play some quality defense and forced the game into extra innings. However, the team allowed 11 eighth inning runs to the Bulldogs to fall behind 12-1. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Rams could muster no more than a run when Holloman hit an RBI single that scored senior catcher Tiara Delaney.
Sophomore pitcher Erica Davis (0-3) took the pitching loss. She started the game and went 7.2 innings. She finished the game with 11 runs allowed (four earned) on 10 hits. She held the Bulldogs to just three hits heading into extra innings. Freshman Tia Robinson came in for the final third of the inning and allowed just one run (none earned) on one hit.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 0-4 overall. The Rams and the Bulldogs 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.