WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Winston-Salem State University Rams (4-3, 4-3 CIAA) staged a late rally, but it was not quite enough in a 9-4 loss to the Fayetteville State Broncos (5-5, 5-5 CIAA). The Rams broke out for a solid batting effort in the game, but the team fell short getting runs across the plate in the loss.
The Rams took the loss in spite of a solid showing at the plate. The team had several hits in the game, but could not get the runs across the plate until it was too late. As a team, the Rams totaled nine hits in the game, including a pair of extra base hits. WSSU freshman Breanna Frye led the way for the Rams, going three-for-four at the plate. Senior second base Tia Robinson had a terrific batting game, going two-for-four in the game. Sophomore third base Semaj Brown added a solo home run.
In the early going, defense was the hallmark of the game with neither team allowing a run until the third inning when the Rams allowed a pair of runs to the Broncos. The Rams answered in the bottom of the inning when junior A'Yonna Waddell hit an RBI single to score sophomore centerfielder Kamryn Kirby, who had a triple earlier in the inning. Freshman Teanna Davis drew a bases-loaded walk to score Waddell and tied the game, 2-2. The Rams allowed two more runs in the fourth inning to fall behind, 4-2. In the seventh inning, the Rams allowed five runs to the Broncos before staging a late rally. In the seventh inning, the Rams got a two-run home run from Brown that also scored Frye.
WSSU sophomore Anastasia Morrison (2-1) took the pitching loss. She threw all seven innings of the game and she finished with nine runs allowed (eight earned) on nine hits. She added six strikeouts of her own.
With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-3. The team will return to action, Saturday when they head to Fayetteville, N.C. to take on the Broncos once again in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1:00 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.