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Aggies Use Bullpen to Get Midweek Win

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/03/2017
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Junior Brandon Melendez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

ROCK HILL, S.C. (May 3, 2017) – North Carolina A&T put together three unanswered runs late and then used their bullpen to come away with a 7-4 win in non-conference baseball over Winthrop Wednesday night at Winthrop Ballpark.

Junior Adan Ordonez finished with two hits and three RBI while junior Brandon Melendez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI from his leadoff position. On a staff day, the Aggies used six pitchers with sophomore Leon Hunter (1-1) getting the win for the Aggies as he pitched two innings of relief without giving up an earned run. Junior Cutter Noah Dylas picked up his sixth win save of the season by pitching the final three innings, giving up one hit and striking out five.

After losing a 4-1 lead early, the Aggies regained the lead in the fifth when sophomore Jarrett Norman connected on an infield single with the bases loaded to score Melendez who reached on a single. The Norman RBI gave the Aggies (22-21) a 5-4 lead. N.C. A&T added to its lead in the seventh as junior Greg White singled to center field. White went to second on a passed ball and to third on a Norman groundout. Sophomore Dawnoven Smith singled him home to give the Aggies a 6-4 lead. Senior first baseman Kyle Clary scored the Aggies final run of the game in the eighth.

Clary reached base on a 10-pitch walk. Senior Tim Ravare then advanced him to second before Melendez moved him to third on a groundout. After a walk to Rivera, the Eagles (23-18) went with Dalton Whitaker on the mound. He, however, could not stop the Aggies top RBI man. Ordonez drove in his 42nd run of the season with an RBI single to left to give the Aggies a three-run lead.

It was enough padding for Dyals who entered the game in the seventh for junior Josh Bottenfield. When Dyals entered, the Eagles had runners on second and third and no outs. Dyals got Tyler Halstead to strike out, before Brandon Fife lined out and Jake Sullivan struck out. Dyals did surrender a two-out double in the eighth before getting Mitch Spires to ground out. He retired the Eagles in order in the ninth including two more strikeouts to give the Aggies the win.

N.C. A&T took a 4-1 lead thanks to a four-run third. Clary had a one-out hit to start the rally as Ravare followed by being walked on five pitches. Melendez brought Clary home with an RBI single and Ravare scored on an RBI single from Rivera. With runners on third and second, Ordonez hit a two-run RBI single to center to give the Aggies a 4-1 advantage. N.C. A&T returns to action over the weekend for a crucial three-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference series at Savannah State. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader and concludes with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. The Aggies are in a tough race for the MEAC Southern Division title.  

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