Seniors Lift Aggies to Victory Over Savannah State
GREENSBORO (May 6, 2018) – North Carolina A&T rolled to a 9-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Savannah State Sunday wrapping up a three-game weekend series with the Tigers by winning two of three games at War Memorial Stadium. The Aggies were led by junior Dawnoven Smith. Smith went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored. He doubled in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings finishing with a career-high four hits.
Twelve seniors from N.C. A&T (26-22, 13-7) were recognized in front of the home crowd prior to a rain delay that lasted three hours. Smith along with seniors Greg White and Milton Rivera registered multiple hits. White also scored two runs and stole a base against the Tigers. Sophomore Michael Johnson went six innings striking out three and giving up four hits to earn the win as he improved to 6-1.
Senior relief pitcher K.J. McAlister struck out one as he tossed a scoreless seventh. Freshman Ethan Chavis pitched the eighth inning and senior Josh Bottenfield closed the series.
Sophomore Zach McLean recorded his third home run of the season blasting a two-run shot to left field to give the Aggies a 2-1 advantage in the fourth inning. Smith led the inning off with a double to left-center and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Adan Ordonez. The Tigers scored first on a passed ball in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, N.C. A&T had five hits leading to four runs scored. Redshirt junior A.J. Hunt doubled to center field to score White and senior Forest Kimbrell. Kimbrell doubled to left-center after White reached on a fielder's choice to get the inning started. Smith then doubled to center field moving Hunt to third. Smith and Hunt crossed home plate on an RBI single to center field by Ordonez.
The Aggies added to their lead on an RBI single up the middle by Smith scoring White in the sixth making it a 7-1 contest.
SSU scored a pair of late runs in the eighth inning trimming the deficit to 7-3. Smith led the bottom of the eighth off with a double to left-center and scored on an RBI double to center field by junior Jarrett Norman. Norman was brought home on an RBI double to center by senior Myles Sowell.
Before the game, the Aggies honored 11 seniors and valuable team manager Arric Devond. N.C. A&T returns to action 1 p.m., Monday for a makeup conference game with Florida A&M at War Memorial Stadium. The Aggies trail the Rattlers (23-25, 14-6 MEAC) by one game in the MEAC Southern Division standings. The Southern Division champion will receive a first-round bye in the 2018 MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament, May 16-19, in Daytona Beach, Fla.