WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (0-6) had a strong day at the plate, but it was not enough for the team in an 8-3 loss to the Charleston (W.Va.) Golden Eagles (1-0), Friday afternoon. The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid hitting day against the Golden Eagles.
The Rams totaled seven hits in the plate, but were only able to get three runs across the plate. WSSU freshman right fielder Nyla Howard led the way for the team with a two-for-four batting effort with two runs scored. Senior catcher Tiarra Delaney added a two-run home run with two RBI.
After a slow start to the game, the Rams heated up before a late by the Golden Eagles put the game out of reach for the Rams. Charleston (W.Va.) struck first with a pair of first inning runs before adding a second inning run to leave the Rams trailing, 3-0. The Rams struck in the bottom of the second inning when Delaney hit a two-run home run to score Howard and cut the WSSU lead down to just one run, 3-2. The Rams were able to tie the game in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Anna Marino hit an RBI sacrifice fly to tie the game, 3-3 in the fourth inning. The Rams slowed down after that, however, as the team allowed three fifth inning runs and two seven-inning runs in the seven innings. The Rams were able to add a seventh inning run when sophomore Daijah Chambers hit an RBI single to score junior shortstop Destiny Snipes. However, it was all that the Rams could score as the Rams finished the game with the 8-4 loss.
WSSU freshman Tia Robinson (0-3) took the pitching loss. She went all seven innings for the Rams with eight runs allowed (seven earned) on 15 hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 0-6 overall. The team will return to action, Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. first pitch against Bowie State. 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.