Aggies Lose Two On The Road
CULLOWHEE (April 13, 2017) – North Carolina A&T softball fell in both games of Thursday’s doubleheader against Western Carolina at Catamount Softball Complex. The Catamounts came out on top 4-0 in Game 1 and 6-2 in Game 2.
The underclassmen were a driving force at the plate in Game 2 for N.C. A&T as they started to come back from a 4-0 lead. Alyssa Green hit a solo home run to left field in the third to bring the game to 4-1 and contact from Alexandria Simmons in the fourth sent another run over the left-field fence to bring the Aggies to within two at 4-2.
Neither team could build much offensive momentum early in Game 1, with the Aggies only producing one hit in the game. Kimberly Brunson was the first Aggie to reach base after a single up the middle in the second inning, but was thrown out trying to steal second for the second out of the inning. No one else reached base until the top of the seventh as a walk was awarded to Raven Gray. The game ended abruptly, though, as Nathaly Pacheco hit into a double play.
Mohagony Headen threw two complete games from the circle and was strong from the circle in Game 1, allowing two hits through five innings and finishing with five strikeouts and no walks. The pitcher’s luck changed, however, in the sixth inning as Abigail Daniels led off with a single to second base. A sacrifice bunt advanced her to second and a hit batter put runners on first and second. With two outs on the board, Madison Armstrong slammed a three-run homer to left-center field to lift the Catamounts to a 3-0 lead. Two more consecutive hits scored another WCU run as Ashlyn Long singled up the middle and a double from Kara Salvo drove in the run as Salvo was thrown out at second for the third out as the Catamounts earned a 4-0 lead that ultimately give them victory.
Headen also started Game 2 for N.C. A&T, but struggled to find a rhythm as three hits led to three runs in the first inning for the Catamounts. They tacked on another score in the second off a hit and error to go up 4-0. An error by Gray scored one more in the bottom of the fourth as Western Carolina moved ahead 5-2 and a home run to lead off the fifth from Long increased the lead to 6-2.
The Aggies travel to Buis Creek on Wednesday, April 19 for a 6 p.m., game against Campbell before returning home for their fourth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference series of the season against Savannah State April 22-23, starting with a Saturday doubleheader at 1p.m.