BUCKHANNON, WV – There was no shortage of fight, but the Winston-Salem State Rams (30-22) ended the 2016 season when the team took a 6-0 loss to the #4 Bloomsburg Huskies (45-8) in the elimination round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region 1 Tournament, Friday evening. The Rams struggled to get their offense going as the team was held scoreless with just two hits in the tough loss.
WSSU junior pitcher Mercedes Hargett was the only Ram to notch a hit in the game as she recorded both of the team’s hits in the game. She went two-for-three at the plate with a single and a double in the loss.
While the Rams’ offense struggled, the team’s defense was solid for much of the game. However, the Rams could not overcome some tough stretches. All six of the runs allowed by the Rams came in just two innings. Things got tough in the first inning when a WSSU throwing error allowed the first score of the game, followed by an RBI single that left the Rams trailing 2-0 after the first inning. The Rams also allowed four third inning runs to the Huskies. The Rams allowed a two-RB single, followed by another RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly that left the Rams trailing, 6-0. From there, the WSSU defense stepped up and the team was able to hold Bloomsburg scoreless for the remainder of the game, but with no scores, the Rams ended the day with the loss.
Hargett (20-12) took the pitching loss, throwing six innings with six runs allowed (four earned) on eight hits. She also added four strikeouts with two walks.
The loss ends the season for the Rams who compiled a 30-22 record and its second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in the last three seasons