Aggies Conclude MEAC-Opening Series With Loss
DURHAM (March 11, 2017) – North Carolina A&T ended its MEAC-opening series on a down note Saturday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Eagles defeated the Aggies 11-1 in seven innings. It was N.C. A&T’s largest margin of defeat on the season.
N.C. A&T comes away from the series 9-6 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC. They get to return home on Wednesday where they have been so effective this season. N.C. A&T will take on Quinnipac 4 p.m., Wednesday from War Memorial Stadium. The Aggies were hoping to steal two road wins early in the conference season. But missteps defensively plagued the Aggies during the series. On Saturday, the Aggies also came up against good pitching.
NCCU pitching had 11 strikeouts and Eagles starter Jonathan Figueroa went 6.1 innings, walked four and gave up five hits to get the win. Senior right-hander Kaeson Wilson (1-1) took the loss. Junior Greg White was the only Aggie with multiple hits on Saturday as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
White led off the game with a triple to left-center field and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from junior shortstop Milton Rivera. The Eagles tied the game in their half of the first as a dropped fly ball in the infield with two outs allowed the Eagles to score their first run. The Eagles added a run in the third and then started to pull away in the fourth. Mitch McCray opened the four-run fourth with a home run.
Wilson got Andrew Valichka to strike out before walking Dominic Cuevas. Carter Williams singled to advance Cuevas to third. Cuevas scored on a sac fly to left by Corey Joyce to give the Eagles a 4-1 advantage. After a walk to Ellington Hopkins to put runners on first and third, the Aggies reached into the bullpen for senior right-hander Bob Peck. Zach Michalski closed out the scoring in the fourth by connecting on a two-run RBI double to give the Eagles a 6-1 lead.
The Eagles went on to score at least one run in proceeding inning. When NCCU scored two in the home seventh it ended the game because of the MEAC rule ending the game if there is a 10-run lead or more after seven. The Aggies will get another chance against their arch-rivals during a three-game series at War Memorial April 14-15.