Softball Loses Sunday, Wins Series vs. B-CU
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 2, 2017) – North Carolina A&T was not able to pull off their first-ever sweep of Bethune-Cookman in fast-pitch softball because the Wildcats avoided the sweep by defeating the Aggies 9-2 Sunday afternoon at Sunnyland Park. The Aggies were still able to take two of three from the Wildcats to close the weekend 10-21-1 overall and 3-3 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Seven of the Aggies starters earned hits in the contest led by third baseman Jillian Nobles who produced the team’s only RBI with a single in the top of the fourth to drive home Zadia Davis. Mohagony Headen started from the circle, but allowed three hits and three runs through 1.2 innings pitched, and Zadaisha Waddell came in to close out the final 4.1 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits.
The Aggies entered the fourth inning trailing 3-0 after stranding three runners in the third as Talisha Jenkins hit a double to left field. She advanced on an error from the circle that allowed Davis to reach first. A fielding error at second base allowed Raven Gray to reach as Jenkins crossed home plate to take the score to 3-1. With runners on first and second, Lauren Dunlow reached on a fielder’s choice that got Gray out at second before Nobles’ single scored Davis to bring the Aggies closer at 3-2 after 3 ½ innings.
After a quiet fourth from the Wildcats and a quiet fifth from N.C. A&T, the Wildcats extended their lead in their half of the fifth. The Wildcats manufactured four runs in the fifth as four different players earned an RBI in the inning starting with Iesha Waters who scored Bryanna Campos who moved into scoring position by singling, going to second on a bunt sacrifice and heading to third on a passed ball. Kailey Richard, Brianna Sanders and Taylor Sherritt also had RBI in the inning to give the Wildcats a 7-2 lead. The Wildcats capped their scoring in the sixth with a two-run homer from Waters.
The Wildcats improved to 13-26 overall and 4-2 in the MEAC. N.C. A&T has a week to prepare before they continue MEAC play against Florida A&M at Aggie Softball Complex, April 8-9. The Aggies start with a 1 p.m., Saturday doubleheader and conclude the series Sunday at noon.