SALISBURY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (9-26) broke out for an 18-0 shutout road win over the Livingstone Lady Blue Bears (1-15, 0-10 CIAA), Sunday. The win was a key one for the Rams as the team picked up their second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division win of the season. The Rams took the win behind a great overall effort as the team combined an overpowering offense with a shutdown defensive effort.
The Rams looked great in the game with their best overall performance of the season. As a team, the Rams totaled a season-high 18 runs on 16 hits. WSSU senior third base Rebecca Demko led the way, going three-for-five at the plate with a run scored and three RBI while junior catcher Tiarra Delaney went three-for-four with three runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Destiny Snipes had the same line with two home runs.
After getting off to a slow start, the Rams heated up and never looked back as it took just four innings to score all 18 runs. A third of the Rams' runs came in the second inning when the team plated six runs. The barrage included an RBI single by Delaney, an RBI walk by junior outfielder Anna Marino, an RBI hit-by-pitch from sophomore second base Jasmine Holloman, a score by a Livingstone fielding error, and an RBI sacrifice groundout from senior outfielder Chyna Riley left the Rams on top, 6-0. The third inning wasn't quite as thrilling as a Marino RBI double was all that the team could muster. The team made up for it in the fourth inning when the Rams scored seven runs as a Riley RBI single got things started and was followed by a two-run home run for Delaney, her second of the weekend. Snipes added a solo home run while Holloman rounded out the effort with a three-run homer and left the team on top, 14-0. The Rams completed the game with four fifth-inning runs. Sophomore first base Tianna Clark started the effort, forcing a score on a Livingstone fielding error while Snipes hit a two-run home run, her second of the game. Demko also added an RBI double that scored Holloman and capped the 18-0 WSSU victory.
While the Rams' offense stole the headline, it could not quite overshadow a great defensive effort as the Rams recorded their second shutout win of the season. The effort was led by a great pitching performance from senior Mercedes Hargett (7-17), who went all five innings and allowed no runs on just two hits. She also added seven strikeouts.
With the win, the Rams improve to 9-26 overall and 5-5 in CIAA play. The Rams also improve to 2-3 in CIAA Southern Division play. The team will get a bit of a break when they host King (Tenn.) in a home doubleheader on April 18th.
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