NCCU Takes Two of Three From A&T
DURHAM - The North Carolina A&T baseball team ended its three-game series against N.C. Central with a 10-0 loss in seven innings at Durham Athletic Park. The game ended early because of the MEAC's 10-run deficit rule.
Junior second baseman Luke Tendler led the Aggies (4-7, 1-2) with a pair of hits. Tendler finished the series with seven hits, three doubles, a home run and seven RBI. Outfielder Dairio Little and shortstop Jeovanny Tolentino each had a hit on Sunday.
The Eagles scored five runs on three hits and a throwing error by third baseman James Harris in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and no out, a single by Tyson Simpson loaded the bases for shortstop Zach Lee. Lee hit into a fielder's choice that scored a run. A two-run RBI single by second baseman Spencer Franceschetti made it a 3-0 ballgame. The Aggies then called on Dustin Myers to relieve Godette. Left fielder Ryan Collins kept the scoring efforts going by bringing home two more runs with a single up the middle.
The Eagles loaded the bases again in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Collins grounded out to reliever Bradley Jeffries to score a run. Jeffries walked Diaz to load the bases with two out. He issued another walk to Marrow, which allowed the seventh NCCU run to cross home.
In the seventh, the Eagles loaded the bases on a single and two hit-by-pitches. Center fielder Akeem Hood grounded out to second, which brought home Simpson. A two-run RBI triple by third baseman Dylan Drayton gave the Eagles their ninth and 10th runs of the game.
Terry McNabb, who earned his second win of the season for N.C. Central with the four-hit, seven-inning performance, retired the last seven A&T batters to keep the Aggies from threatening.
The Aggies will host Binghamton for a four-game series starting at 3 p.m., on Friday at War Memorial Stadium.