North Carolina A&T Softball (6-25, 3-3 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M (14-21, 6-0 MEAC)
Date(s): Friday, April 6-Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time(s): 4 p.m. doubleheader; 1 p.m.
Facility: Lady Rattler Softball Complex
Category Leaders Batting Average: Zadaisha Waddell (.361); Slugging Percentage: Zadaisha Waddell (.451)
On-base Percentage: Zadaisha Waddell (.451); Runs Scored: Raven Gray (13)
RBI: Stephanie Williams (17); Doubles: Stephanie Williams (6)
Triples: 4 players tied with 1; Home runs: Stephanie Williams, Mohagony Headen (1)
Hits: Stephanie Williams (25); Walks: Raven Gray (7) Stolen Bases: Zadia Davis (5);
ERA: Zadaisha Waddell (4.22) Strikeouts: Mohagony Headen (61)
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T will be playing on national television for the first time since 2011 when they take on the Florida A&M live on ESPNU. The Tallahassee area is expecting inclement weather, so the two teams will play two games Friday before a potential early game on Saturday. The Rattlers swept the Aggies last season at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex. The Aggies have lost seven straight to the Rattlers including 10 of their last 11 to the four-time defending MEAC champions. N.C. A&T comes into the game having played well against another tough opponent from the south in Bethune-Cookman. N.C. A&T lost two out of three to the Wildcats but one of those games was a 4-3 loss in 10 innings and the other was a 4-2 defeat. The series might have turned in the Aggies favor, but N.C. A&T left 28 batters on base including 15 in the series finale. Junior Zadaisha Waddell was 5-for-8 at the plate and posted a 1.09 ERA during the series.
FLORIDA A&M OVERVIEW: Florida A&M has swept N.C. Central and S.C. State to earn their status as the top team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division. The Rattlers have won the last four MEAC tournaments and have traditionally been a power in the MEAC. The Rattlers came into the season as the favorites to win the MEAC South again. They are led by a strong pitching staff that includes All-MEAC performer Kenya Pereira (9-9) who leads the Rattlers with a 3.09 ERA. She also leads the team in strikeouts (78) with teammate Veronica Burse not too far behind with 71. Burse is 5-12 on the season with a 3.38 ERA. Brown has won pitcher of the week from the MEAC twice this season, Burse has won it once. At the plate, the Rattlers rely on Taylor Rosier who leads the team with a .337 batting average and 16 RBI. Tyra Bowers is also hitting over .300 at .309.
News & Notes
N.C. A&T catcher Nathaly Pacheco is third in the conference and 54th in the nation in toughest to strike out. Pacheco has struck out only four times in 91 at-bats.
Sophomore Stephanie Williams was 3-for-10 with a double and an RBI in the Aggies three-game series against Bethune-Cookman at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex last weekend. Williams has now hit safely in six straight games.
Williams came to N.C. A&T as a shortstop but has transitioned to third base. In 12 games as the
The Aggies last win at Florida A&M was a 7-0 triumph on April 5, 2014. The Aggies have lost five straight in Tallahassee.