Freeman's Home Runs Lift Aggies
RADFORD, Va.—The North Carolina A&T baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak with an 11-6 victory at Radford on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at RU Baseball Stadium.
The Aggies offense wasn’t stopped by the 80-minute rain delay. Senior Kelvin Freeman helped the Aggies (14-28) to victory, batting 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Junior Cameron Jergens, who was the starting pitcher for the Aggies, added to the effort with a 2-for-4 performance including a home run and five RBI. Jergens tossed 4.0 shutout frames with a strikeout against the Highlanders (23-17).
It was the most runs the Aggies have scored in a game since scoring 11 against N.C. Central on April 6.
Freeman gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a 3-run home run to left field, for his 11th blast of the season. A&T made it a 6-0 lead in the third. With one out, Freeman and Dairio Little hit back-to-back singles. The Highlanders then walked catcher Stefan Jordan to load the bases. Jergens hit an RBI single to third base. Sophomore Bo McMillan scored two runs with a single to left field.
In the fifth inning, Freeman hit a solo home run to left field to start things off. Little walked and took third on a double by sophomore Brandon Wilkerson. With one out, Jergens hit an RBI sacrifice to put A&T in front, 8-0. The Highlanders ended the shutout in the fifth inning, as Justin Godette came in to pitch for Jergens. Second baseman Phil Bondi homered to put Radford on the board.
Radford added four runs in the sixth on two hits and an error. First baseman Kyle Fairbanks walked and took second on a wild pitch to start the inning. Godette struck out Shane Johnsonbaugh before allowing Zach Woolcock on base with a walk. Ryan Burgess made it an 8-2 game with an RBI single. Centerfielder Blake Sipe followed moments later with his own RBI single. Burgess advanced to third and scored on an error by the left fielder Little. Sipe scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-5.
The Aggies responded by plating three runs in the seventh on a three-run home run by Jergens. Radford added their sixth and final run in the eighth on an RBI single by Bondi. Godette, who allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits picked up the win for the Aggies.
The Aggies will take on Savannah State in a three-game series this weekend, with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.