ORANGEBURG, S.C. – North Carolina A&T completed its three-game MEAC softball series against S.C. State with a defensive performance it would rather forget. The Bulldogs took two out of three from the Aggies with a 5-0 win Saturday afternoon at the Lady Bulldog Complex.
A&T (3-21, 1-2 MEAC) committed five errors and surrendered four unearned runs. The Aggies only managed two hits against S.C. State starter Vianney Gomez, who struck out three over seven innings.
The Bulldogs (13-13, 2-1 MEAC) were led by Mikala Johnson’s 2-for-4 performance that included two RBI. Leigha Hite also drove in two runs.
All of the Bulldogs’ damage came in the first two innings. Johnson’s two-out single started the Bulldogs’ rally in the first. Johnson’s hit was followed by an error and a single up the middle by LaTavia Riley to load the bases.
Hite’s two-run RBI single gave SCSU a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs added to that lead in the second as Johnson drove in two runs and Cianna Burt hit an RBI single to put the Bulldogs ahead 5-0.
The Aggies’ best shot at scoring came in the fifth when Sabrina Edmonds hit a two-out double to left center field. But Dominique Smith flied out to second to end the inning.
The Aggies threw three pitchers at the Bulldogs on Saturday. Janika May (1-8) got the start and the loss, after pitching just one inning. Snyder tossed four innings and senior Ashira Dobison pitched an inning.
The Aggies return to action Saturday, April 6, when they face conference foe Florida A&M in a 1 p.m., doubleheader at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.