Norfolk State Evens Things With A&T
GREENSBORO (April 19, 2017) – Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T split their regular-season baseball matchups by each team winning on the other’s home field. The Spartans avenged an earlier loss to the Aggies by winning 12-7 over N.C. A&T at War Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. Despite both teams being members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Wednesday’s game was a non-conference contest because they play in different divisions. But the two teams could see each other in next month’s MEAC tournament in Salisbury, Md., and if Wednesday is any indication, the matchup could be a wild one.
The game featured many base runners as the two teams combined for 19 runs, 29 hits, nine errors and three walks. It was another staff day for the Aggies as five Aggies went to the mound with right-hand starter Will Greene (0-1) taking the loss. Norfolk State’s Chase Anderson (5-2) went eight innings, gave up four runs (none earned) and struck out six to get the win. Junior Greg White reached base in the 18th straight game he has played by going 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Junior Brandon Melendez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Kyle Clary and sophomore Jarrett Norman picked up two hits apiece while junior Adan Ordonez and Norman had two RBI apiece.
Norfolk State scored runs in each of threw first four innings of the game. When the Aggies’ fourth inning arrived, the Aggies trailed 10-2. The Aggies, who have been a good two-out hit team all season, put together a two-out rally in the fourth as Clary doubled. Clary moved to third on an error that allowed junior Milton Rivera to reach. White scored Clary with an RBI single to right field. Melendez followed with a single to score Rivera and cut the Spartans lead to 10-4. Norfolk State expanded its lead in the sixth inning with two more runs to take a 12-4 lead.
The Aggies closed the game with a spurt, however. The spurt again happened with two outs. Melendez started things with his single to left. He stole second and eventually scored on an error that allowed Ordonez to reach. Ordonez also stole second followed by redshirt sophomore A.J. Hunt being hit by a pitch. Norman doubled home both Ordonez and Hunt to cut the lead to 12-7. The Aggies added another runner when freshman Camden Williamson walked. But the game ended on a strikeout from junior pinch hitter Myles Sowell.
The Aggies dropped to 20-16 overall while Norfolk State improved to 19-14. The Aggies will play a three-game series with Davidson starting 6 p.m., Friday at War Memorial Stadium. The series will then move to Davidson for a 3 p.m., Saturday start before the two teams return to WMS on Sunday with a 2 p.m., first pitch.