RALEIGH, NC – Still hopeful for a chance to participate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament, the Shaw University will hit the road for a four-game road skid against division foes Fayetteville State University on Saturday, April 22 and Winston-Salem State University on Sunday, April 23.
Shaw (6-25, 4-7 CIAA, 2-4 Southern Division) has loss the last four games, including its last outing at Saint Augustine's where the Lady Bears suffered a 12-0 and 6-3 defeat on April 8.
The Lady Bears will visit the Lady Broncos of FSU (15-15, 8-2 CIAA, 4-1 Southern Division) for the first time this season on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. FSU enters Saturday's doubleheader after a split with Johnson C. Smith, falling in game one 5-1 but taking game two 11-5.
The Rams (10-28, 6-5 CIAA, 3-3 Southern Division) and Lady Bears will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. WSSU is coming off two losses to King (Tenn.) on April 18. The Rams will host Saint Augustine's on Saturday before its meeting with Shaw.
Plagued by injuries, Shaw has been led by Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) who averages .279 at the plate this season while Brittany Kline (Choctaw Beach, FL) follows with a .262 batting clip. On the mound, pitching duties have been split between Sheniqua Fahie (British Virgin Islands) and Amanda Ortiz (Tucson, AZ). Fahie has allowed 85 hits, 64 runs and struck out 12 in 45 innings of work for a 7.31 ERA while Ortiz posts an 8.58 ERA with 56 hits, 49 runs and seven strike outs in 31 innings.
Currently, the Lady Bears stand in fifth place in the division race. Should Shaw win or split against FSU and WSSU, the Lady Bears could potentially advance to the Softball Tournament for the first time since 2010.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw softball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.