INSTITUTE, WV – The #7 Winston-Salem State Rams (33-12) gave a great effort, but the team came up short in a 12-4 loss to the #3 West Chester Golden Rams (36-19), Friday afternoon in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. The Rams got the game going with their usual hot start, but some fielding proved costly as the team was overwhelmed late as West Chester pulling away with the win.
The Rams had a strong outing at the plate, but the team could not keep up with the Golden Rams. The Rams opened the game with four runs in the first two innings, but the team was later plagued by six errors that allowed nine unearned runs by West Chester. As a team, WSSU scored four runs on four hits in the game. WSSU senior centerfielder Destiny Snipes led the way for the Rams when she went two-for-four at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Junior infielder Daijah Chambers went one-for-three with a double and two runs scored. Sophomore left fielder Nyla Howard added the only other hit for the Rams.
Both teams started the game with some hot scoring, but the Rams cooled off late while allowing West Chester to add several late runs in the game. After allowing a pair of first inning runs to the Golden Rams, WSSU answered with a pair of first inning runs of their own when Snipes hit an RBI double to score Chambers. Snipes would go on the score on a stolen base later in the inning to tie the game, 2-2 after the first inning. The Rams allowed four second inning runs, but the team answered with a pair of their own to keep the game within reach. Howard would get things started in the inning when a Snipes single forced a West Chester error and allowed Howard to score. The Rams added another score when Davis hit an RBI groundout that scored Chambers for the second time in the game. From there, things got tough for the Rams as the team allowed a pair of third inning runs, a pair of sixth inning runs, and a pair of seventh inning runs. The effort left the Rams with the 12-4 loss.
Davis (15-8) took the pitching loss for the Rams. She threw all seven innings of the game and finished with 12 runs allowed (three earned) on 16 hits with a strikeout.
With the loss, the Rams move the elimination bracket of the tournament and will face the winner of the #1 West Virginia State/ #6 Gannon game at 4:00 p.m. 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.