GREENSBORO – Freshman Dasia Moore who has been smashing the ball all season finally reaped the benefits by hitting her first home run, a two-run shot over the center field fence to lead the North Carolina A&T softball team to a 10-7 victory over Towson on Wednesday afternoon at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex.
The Aggies (7-12 overall) dropped the first game 6-0 to Towson (13-9).
“We’ve been working on not leaving runners on bases or in scoring position, and we executed that in the second game,” head coach Kenya Peters said. “We were more aggressive at the plate and we had a big two-out rally in the first inning that helped us out.”
With the game tied at 7 in the sixth inning, Moore without hesitation belted the homer on the first pitch to give the Aggies the 9-7 lead. Senior Sabrina Edmonds followed suit and tabbed her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot over left field to give A&T its final run.
The Aggies took a 5-0 lead over the Tigers to start the game in the first inning. A&T used a pair of singles from sophomore Alejandra Barcenas and Moore, along with a pair of doubles from senior Jax Kaye Woodard and freshman Charity Douglas to build a comfortable advantage.
However the Tigers tied the game at 5 in the second inning with hits from Jessica South, Courtney Johnson, Delanie Dunham, Hailey Balk, and Maureen Hepner.
A leadoff solo home run from Johnson in the third inning gave Towson the 6-5 lead. The Tigers extended their lead with a RBI single from Balk to close out the inning with a 7-5 edge.
With one out and runners on first and second, Douglas hit a single to left field to drive in a run for A&T. On the next at-bat senior Tranea Jones also singled to left field to tie the game at 7.
Moore and Barcenas finished with three hits for the Aggies. Woodard and Douglas added two hits and two RBI each.
Sophomore Janika May (4-5) tossed four innings to notch the win. She recorded three strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
In the first game, Missy McCormick pitched a complete game for Towson to record a shutout. She finished with a game-high six strikeouts and gave up five hits.
The Aggies missed chances to score in the third and fourth innings. Sophomore Kimberly Brunson led off with her second triple of the season in the third but the Tigers’ defense managed to keep A&T scoreless. In the fourth inning with one out, senior Haley Snyder and Edmonds reached on consecutive singles to left field. A wild pitch allowed them to move to second and third but the Aggies’ offense was unable to drive in any runs.
May gave up nine hits in the loss as Olivia Yarborough, Macie McGeehan, and Balk finished with two each.
The Aggies will travel to UNC Wilmington on Thursday, March 20 for a single game starting at 5:30 p.m.