Wilson Has Career Game, Aggies Earn Weekend Sweep
GREENSBORO (March 5, 2017) – Senior Kaeson Wilson had the finest pitching performance of his college career on Sunday to lead the North Carolina A&T baseball team to their second weekend sweep of the season with a 3-1 win over Mount Saint Mary’s at War Memorial Stadium. The weekend sweep of The Mount improved the Aggies to 7-4. N.C. A&T has not lost a game that went to full completion since Feb. 19.
Wilson, who came into Sunday’s game with a career 9.84 ERA, didn’t let any of that bother him. Instead he showed what kind of asset he can be for the Aggies weekend rotation going forward. He pitched an eight-inning four-hitter and did not give up an earned run. Wilson struck out three and only walked one in 101 pitches thrown. Wilson is 1-0 on the season.
“We really needed Kaeson to do that for us today,” said N.C. A&T coach Ben Hall. “We start conference play next weekend, so we need to be confident that we can put guys out there on the weekend and they can produce results for us.”
Wilson did not give up his first hit until the fourth inning, an infield single. The first Mount hit did not leave the infield until the sixth inning. The Aggies gave Wilson all the support he needed in the fifth inning. Junior A.J. Hunt’s leadoff double led to Kyle Clary infield single to third. A bad throw allowed Hunt to score while moving Clary into scoring position for a 1-0 Aggies lead. Forest Kimbrell followed up with an RBI single. Junior Myles Sowell made it first and second by earning a walk. Sowell eventually scored in a rundown situation to make it a 3-0 game.
The Mount (0-7) did answer in the sixth with an RBI single by Vaughn Parker. Wilson retired the next four Mount batters before Jared Urban singled to center field to open the eighth. But Wilson cruised through the inning, allowing Hall to give him a chance for the complete-game win.
But Wilson opened the ninth by walking Parker on four straight pitches. For the second straight game, the Aggies turned to senior Bob Peck (RHP) to close the game after the starter opened the ninth with a chance at a complete game. And for the second straight game, Peck was greeted with a base hit, this time by Tyler Post.
Post’s single put the go-ahead run at the plate in the form of Joshua Lenig. Lenig helped matters by hitting into a double play to put the Aggies one out away from the sweep. Peck ended the game by striking out pinch-hitter Zach Hostetter to earn his second save of the season.
N.C. A&T will close out their eight-game homestand on 4 p.m., Tuesday by hosting Charlotte University at War Memorial Stadium.