ORANGEBURG, SC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (24-6, 12-2 CIAA) got a great start, but faded late in a 6-4 road loss to the Claflin Panthers (28-13, 14-0 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams played a strong game, but the team could not hold off a late rally by the Panthers that sealed the WSSU loss.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid overall effort. The Rams were efficient as they needed just four hits to score their four runs. However, the team struggled to keep up with the hard-hitting Panthers. The Rams allowed seven hits and six runs to the Panthers. WSSU junior designated player Erica Davis led the way for the Rams with a one-for-two batting effort with a walk and two runs scored. Freshman first base Aniyah Jones continued her solid offensive performances with a run scored and two RBI in the game.
WSSU struck early, but the team went cold after a great first inning. The Rams opened the game with three runs when Jones hit a two-RBI double that was followed by an RBI single from freshman outfielder Shauntaja Dedecker. The Rams allowed a Claflin score in the second inning, but still held a 3-1 lead. Dedecker added a score on a fielder's choice that put WSSU on top, 4-1 in the third inning. The Rams allowed a Claflin score in the bottom of the third inning. The WSSU lead went away in the fifth inning when the team allowed three fifth inning Claflin runs to fall behind 5-4. The Rams also allowed a sixth inning Claflin score that left WSSU With a 6-4 loss.
Sophomore Tia Robinson (11-2) took the pitching loss. She started the game and went all six innings. She finished the game with six runs allowed (three earned) with four strikeouts.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 24-6 overall and 12-2 in CIAA play. The Rams will return to action, Wednesday, when the team heads to Pembroke, N.C. to take on the UNC Pembroke Braves. 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.