Rams' Rally Falls Short in 8-5 Loss to Johnson C. Smith

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (8-26, 4-5 CIAA) staged a late rally, but the effort was not enough when the Rams took a tough 8-5 loss to the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls (12-13, 6-5 CIAA), Saturday. The Rams had little trouble hitting the ball, but the Rams could not quite complete the comeback when the team took a hard-fought 8-5 loss to the Golden Bulls.

The game was a hard-hitting affair as the Rams and the Golden Bulls had little trouble hitting the ball in the game. The Rams totaled 12 hits in the game, including home runs from seniors Mercedes Hargett and Rebecca Demko along with sophomore Destiny Snipes. Demko had the best day for the Rams, going three-for-four from the plate with a home run. Snipes was two-for-four with a home run and two RBI while Hargett was one-for-three with a home run.

The game got off to a slow start with the Rams striking first. WSSU junior catcher Tiarra Delaney led things off with an RBI single that scored senior second base Chyna Riley in the first inning. However, JCSU answered with a second inning score. The game remained tied until JCSU scored four fourth inning runs and two more fifth inning runs to leave the Rams trailing, 7-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

It was then that the Rams staged a late rally. The team scored three fifth inning runs when Demko hit a solo home run, followed by a Snipes two-run homer that scored Delaney and cut the WSSU deficit down to three runs, 7-4. JCSU added another score in the sixth inning to leave the Rams trailing, 8-4 before Hargett hit a seventh-inning home run that cut the WSSU deficit to just three runs, 8-5. However, the game ended when the Golden Bulls turned a double-play that ended the day for the Rams.

Hargett (6-17) took the pitching loss, going 4.1 innings with seven runs allowed (six earned) with two strikeouts. Fellow senior Chyna Riled came in for 2.2 innings with one run earned (none earned). She finished with a strikeout as well.

With the loss, the Rams fall to 8-26 overall and 4-5 in CIAA play. More importantly, the Rams fall to 1-3 in CIAA Southern Division play. The team will return to action tomorrow when the team heads to nearby Salisbury, N.C. to take on the Livingstone Blue Bears in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader. 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.