SALISBURY, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (10-26) turned some smart base-running and batting to claim a 20-1 road win over the Livingstone Lady Blue Bears (1-16, 0-11 CIAA). The Rams needed just eight hits to pick up the crucial win as the victory moved the Rams up one spot in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division.
The Rams took the win behind a great offensive effort, scoring a season-high 20 runs in the game. The team didn't need many swings of the bat to score the runs as the team totaled just eight hits in the game while drawing 16 walks. WSSU sophomore second base Jasmine Holloman led the way, going two-for-three at the plate with three runs scored and a game-high six RBI. Senior pitcher Chyna Riley added a two-for-four performance with three RBI and a run scored. Junior right fielder Tiarra Delaney continued her home run stroke as she hit her third home run of the weekend.
The Rams scored their runs in a variety of ways en route to one of their biggest wins of the season. The team got started with a first inning run as Holloman stole home to leave the Rams on top, 1-0. She kept things going in the second inning when she hit a three-RBI double. Senior third base Rebecca Demko stole home for the next WSSU run, the second of six second inning runs. The team added two more runs on walks and went ahead 7-0. The third inning was when the Rams did their most damage, scoring 11 runs. Riley started things with a two-RBI double, followed by stealing home. From there, Delaney added a two-run homer, followed by an RBI walk by junior outfielder Anna Marino. Hollomon followed the effort with a three-RBI double. Riley closed out the inning with an RBI single. From there, the Rams cruised with Livingstone scoring a fifth-inning run that capped the Rams' 20-1 victory.
Riley (3-5) took the pitching win, going two innings with no runs allowed on one hit with four strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Tianna Clark came in for three innings with one run allowed (one allowed). She also recorded a pair of strikeouts with two walks.
With the win, the Rams improve to 10-26 overall and 6-5 in CIAA play. The team also improves to 3-3 in CIAA Southern Division play and moves into fourth place in the division. The Rams will get a bit of a break as they will return action on April 18th when the team hosts King (Tenn.) University.
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