RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University softball team suffered a pair of home CIAA Southern Division contests to visiting Winston-Salem State University by scores of 15-1 and 11-1 Sunday in its final doubleheader of the season that was played at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Despite the setbacks, the Lady Bears earned more wins this season than a year ago. Shaw concluded its 2016 campaign with a 9-30 overall record, 4-12 in the CIAA and 3-5 in the division.
Game one was a struggle for the Lady Bears, as WSSU out hit Shaw 11-5. The Lady Rams opened the top of the first inning with five runs, sparked by Kat Zimmer's single and Idaysha Quinones and Samantha Gibbs RBI doubles.
Down, 7-0 in the bottom of the second inning, freshman Chynna Gross (Orange Park, FL) doubled to centerfield to bring home freshman Kiana Rogers (Fort Atkinson, WI) for the Lady Bears lone run of the game.
WSSU (26-21, 13-3 CIAA) tallied four more runs in the third, one in the fourth and three in the top of the fifth to put the game out of reach for Shaw.
Rogers was 2-for-2 at the plate and scored one run, while three other Lady Bears accounted for one hit during the contest. Gross surrendered 12 earned runs through 5.0 innings in the circle for the Shaw.
Game two was a scoreless contest for Shaw until the fourth inning when sophomore Chakiryn Jackson (Goochland, VA) bunted to get on base. She would eventually score on a sacrifice from freshman Christine-Evette Ngeve and that would be the Lady Bears only run of the contest.
WSSU tacked five in the opening, followed by four more in the top of the third to lead 9-0 in the third inning. The Lady Rams padded its cushion with another two runs in the fourth to take a comfortable advantage as the Lady Bears would not be able to overcome the large deficit.
Jackson, Rogers and Gross all tallied one hit apiece for Shaw, while Ngeve accounted for an RBI. Sophomore Frances Perry (Hamilton, NJ) was issued the loss from the circle as she struck out none.
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