MARS HILL, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (3-0) kept their strong hitting start to the season going when the team took a 6-2 win over the Mars Hill Lions (2-1), Sunday afternoon. The Rams took the win behind some impressive defensive play and some strong hitting.
The Rams finished the game with a strong day at the plate. The team totaled nine hits in the game including two extra base hits. Senior catcher Kortney Thomas had the best day for the Rams. She went three-for-three at the plate with a double and two RBI. Senior left fielder Destiny Snipes added a two-for-three batting performance with a home run and two runs scored.
Winston-Salem State did much of their damage early and then turned on their defense late to claim the win. The Rams got on the scoreboard in the first inning when freshman Alleigh Himes hit an RBI single to score sophomore outfielder Nyla Howard. It was in the third inning when the Rams did the most damage, however, as freshman Jasmine McCain hit an RBI single to score Snipes and the hit was followed by a two-RBI double from Thomas that scored both Himes and McCain. Freshman outfielder Aniyah Jones also hit an RBI groundout that scored fellow freshman Shauntaja Dedecker.
The effort gave the Rams a 5-0 lead before the Lions got on the scoreboard with runs in the fourth and fifth innings respectively. However, a Snipes solo home run in the seventh inning and capped the teams 6-2 win.
WSSU junior pitcher Erica Davis (2-0) the pitching win. She threw all seven innings for the Rams with two runs allowed (two earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams open the 2019 season with a 3-0 record. The two teams 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.