NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2018) – North Carolina A&T softball completed their second day at the Bruin Classic hosted by Belmont University at E.S. Rose Park. In their first game of the day, N.C. A&T lost to host Belmont for the second time in two days with a 9-1 defeat. Later in the day, the Butler Bulldogs downed the Aggies 7-3.
N.C. A&T (2-12) are 0-4 at the Bruin Classic and will try to come away with a win Sunday morning when they play Northern Iowa at 9. Freshman Hailee Cutts led the Aggies against Butler by going 3-for-3. She also made the start in the circle, but pitched only 1.1 innings in dropping to 0-4 on the season. Junior reliever Mohagoney Headen pitched the final 4.2 innings including scoreless innings pitched in the fifth and sixth innings. Sophomore Stephanie Williams contributed with a 2-for-3 game that included an RBI.
The Aggies had their best offensive output of the classic Saturday evening against the Bulldogs. N.C. A&T actually took their first lead of the classic in the game versus the Bulldogs. Williams came up with a clutch hit the first inning. With the bases loaded and two out, Williams got a base hit down the right-field line to score Headen who reached on a fielder’s choice. Butler answered back in their half of the first as a Christina Candotti’s two-run RBI was followed by an RBI single Kaitlin Doud to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
Butler scored a run apiece in the second and third innings to take a 5-1 advantage. N.C. A&T rallied in the fourth as Cutts opened the inning with a single followed by a double from Williams to put runners on second and third. Junior Morgan Chisholm scored the run from third when she grounded out to second to plate sophomore pinch runner Taylor Martin. After a strikeout, an error by Butler allowed Williams to score to cut the Bulldogs lead to 5-3.
But the Bulldogs added two more runs in their half of the fourth to take a four-run lead. Despite getting two singles in the fifth, the Aggies did not push any runs across. They were retired in order in the sixth and seventh innings to clinch the win for the Bulldogs.
In the game against Belmont, junior Zadaisha Wadded went 2-for-2 with an RBI.