App State Wins Battle of Excellent Pitching
BOONE (May 2, 2018) – North Carolina A&T baseball suffered a 2-0 loss to Appalachian State in their final non-conference game of the season Wednesday night at Smith Stadium. Senior infielder Forest Kimbrell had two of three Aggie hits, drew a walk and stole a base against the Mountaineers. N.C. A&T finished 13-15 in non-conference play in 2018.
The pitching was excellent Wednesday night. App State right-hand starter Brandon Boone threw a two-hitter while N.C. A&T senior LHP Jonah Owenby went 4.2 innings, struck out one and surrendered two runs. The Aggies bullpen has now gone 8.2 straight innings without surrendering a run after senior Josh Bottenfield (RHP), junior Leon Hunter (RHP) and redshirt freshman Jason Jenkins combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
Kimbrell had the Aggies first hit of the evening in the fourth inning reaching on a bunt. Senior Greg White singled through the left side in the sixth and Kimbrell singled to shortstop in the ninth for the final N.C. A&T hit. This was Kimbrell’s second multiple-hit performance of the season and he leads the Aggies with 15 stolen bases. White extended his current hit streak to four games.
The Mountaineers scored the game’s only runs in the fifth inning on three hits. Back-to-back RBI singles by Alex Leshock and CJ Brown eventually won the game for the Mountaineers. Bottenfield went 1.1 innings with only one baserunner reaching because he was hit by a Bottenfield pitch. Bottenfield lowered his ERA to 2.03. Hunter struck out two in tossing a scoreless seventh inning to lower his ERA to 2.75. Jenkins followed up his solid outing against Bethune-Cookman on Sunday by pitching a scoreless eighth with one strikeout and one walk to lower his ERA to 2.70.
N.C. A&T and App State split the two games they played in 2018 with N.C. A&T taking the first meeting, 9-2, on April 11 in Greensboro. N.C. A&T will host Savannah State in a three-game series at War Memorial Stadium beginning with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on May 5.