ELON – Junior Justin Williams scored on a wild pitch in the visitor’s ninth inning to lead the North Carolina A&T baseball team to a 3-2 win over Elon Wednesday night at Latham Park. Seven different Aggies had hits and they won the game despite no one on the team recording an RBI.
N.C. A&T (21-18) sent seven pitches to the mound with freshman Gianni Smith getting the start, senior Leon Hunter (3-1) getting the win and senior Leon Davidson (3) earning the save. Elon (24-18) pitched six different players with Joe Sparke getting the start and Dean McCarthy (1-1) getting the loss.
With the game tied at 2, Williams led off the ninth by reaching second on a throwing error by McCarthy. A sacrifice bunt from freshman Dontae Wade moved Williams 90 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run.
Once Williams reached third, Elon turned to Daniel Albrittain to prevent the Aggies from scoring. But Albrittain unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Williams to score to give the Aggies a 3-2 advantage.
Albrittain did get senior Jason King to ground out before freshman Scott Meitzler doubled to give the Aggies more of a lead heading into the home ninth. Junior Dustin Baber was then walked intentionally leading to Kellan Elsbury entering the game as the Phoenix’s pitcher. Elsbury struck out senior Dawnoven Smith to send the game into the bottom of the ninth.
Davidson entered the game and retired the Phoenix in order to give the Aggies the victory. Davidson’s ERA is a now minuscule 0.35.
Like the ninth inning, it was an error and a wild pitch that got the Aggies going early. King reached on a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Junior Ryne Stanley then reached on a throwing error which allowed King to score to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
Elon tied the game in the second on a Nick Cicci RBI single and took the lead in the third when Cam Devanney doubled in a run to make it a 2-1 contest. But the Aggies were able to tie the game late.
In the eighth inning, Smith opened the frame with a double to left center. Junior Cam Williamson moved him to third on a sac bunt before another Elon wild pitch allowed Smith to tie the game at 2 leading to the ninth inning wild pitch.
N.C. A&T’s next game will be on national television as they will take on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe Bethune-Cookman 1 p.m., Friday, April 26 on ESPNU.