Rain Ends Game Early, A&T Loses In Five
GREENSBORO – A strong rain storm whipped through Greensboro on Wednesday, forcing the game between the North Carolina A&T baseball team and Bryant to end after five innings with the Bulldogs coming away with a 3-0 win at War Memorial Stadium.
Bryant won both games of the series by holding the Aggies scoreless over the 14 innings played Tuesday and Wednesday.
The upside for the Aggies has been their solid pitching during mid-week games. Right-hander Justin Godette (0-2) had the latest strong outing by going five innings, striking out two and surrendering three runs, two earned. On Tuesday, LHP DarAmani Swift went nine innings, gave up only one run and struck out three. Swift’s ERA is 2.00 in three weekday starts.
But the Aggies have not been able to complement their outstanding pitching with timely hitting. The Aggies had two on in the first inning after a leadoff single by senior Luke Tendler and free pass to first base for Brandon Wilkerson after he was hit by a pitch.
But Bulldogs left-handed starter Jack Patterson was able to strikeout two of the stronger bats in the Aggies lineup in junior Lester Salcedo and senior Cameron Jergens to end the threat. A&T put two more runners on in the second. Junior Brandon Mitchell started the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a balk.
He eventually went to third after a Dylan Hipp infield single. Both runners were in scoring position for Tendler after Hipp stole second. But Tendler hit a grounder back to the pitcher to end the threat.
The stranded runners early in the game were costly for A&T as Bryant struck early with two-run homer off the bat of Robby Rinn in the first inning. An error in the second inning led to Bryant’s final run of the game.
Patterson (1-0) picked up the win after striking out eight and giving up four hits over five innings pitched. Conor McCarthy went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Bulldogs who improved to 5-6. A&T dropped to 6-8 on the season and will play in their second MEAC weekend series of the season when they travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., to face the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in 1 p.m., Saturday doubleheader and Sunday tilt at 4 p.m.