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WILMINGTON , N.C. –  North Carolina A&T broke free of their hitting slump and thusly they broke into the win column for the first time this season as they defeated UMBC 6-1 during their first softball game of the day at the Marriott Seahawk Softball Classic Tournament hosted by the UNC Wilmington Seahawks at Boseman Field on Sunday.

Sophomore pitcher Hailee Cutts had a career game in the circle pitching a complete-game three-hitter to get her first career win. Cutts (1-3) nearly had a shutout but gave up a run to the Retrievers in the visitor’s seventh inning. Freshman Alisa Maldonado led the Aggies offensively by going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Cutts and junior Alyssa Smith had two RBI apiece.

The Aggies lost later in the day to UNCW, 9-1. Cutts was superb at the plate in the loss going 2-for-2 with an RBI. The Aggies are 1-10 on the season.  

N.C. A&T broke open their game against the Retrievers in the third inning when they posted five runs. Maldonado moved to second on a wild pitch to get the two-out rally started. Freshman Eternal Fuller walked to put runners on first and second before a throwing error allowed senior Samantha Ramirez to reach second and Maldonado to score for a 1-0 Aggies lead.

Cutts helped herself by hitting a two-run RBI single to left to score two more Aggies. Sophomore Marcey Jiles kept the Aggies alive in the inning with a single forcing the Retrievers to make a pitching change. It did not matter for Smith who roped a two-run RBI double to center for a 5-0 Aggies advantage.

Cutts ran into a little trouble in the fifth and seventh innings but was able to pitch her way out of it. The Retrievers put runners on second and third in the fifth with two outs, but Cutts got Imani Dawson to pop out to end the threat. In the seventh, UMBC had the bases loaded with two outs.

Dawson then hit a groundball that brought about an error that allowed Julia Keffler to score, but Maldonado was able to throw out Mallory Pollack trying to score on the error to end the game. Valerie Hammett (0-1) took the loss in the circle.

In the Aggies second game of the day, Headen (0-6) took the loss in the circle while UNCW’s Rylee Pate (5-3) got the win. Ramirez scored the Aggies lone run.