ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – North Carolina A&T softball had its best performance of the season when they needed it the most. The Aggies posted season highs in runs, hits and RBI as they defeated the Delaware State Hornets 10-0 in five innings in an elimination game at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championship Tournament Thursday at Ormond Beach Complex.
The Aggies (9-30) will look to avoid elimination again when they play later today at 5 p.m., against the loser of the Howard/Bethune-Cookman game.
There were some career performances posted by a few Aggies against the Hornets (10-32). Senior Zadaisha Waddell went 4-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Marcey Jiles was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and senior Zadia Davis was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Sophomore Samantha Ramirez chipped in by going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Waddell pitched a complete-game two-hitter striking out four. The Aggies pounded out 14 hits and recorded eight RBI.
With the Aggies already leading 1-0 in the second, Waddell cleared the basepaths with a big three-run RBI double up the middle to give the Aggies a hefty 4-0 lead. N.C. A&T did more damage in the fourth by scoring two runs before putting the Hornets away in the fifth.
Junior Alyssa Smith hit a one-out double to left field which was followed by a double from Davis. Jiles loaded the bases when she reached on a fielder’s choice which led to a two-run RBI single by Waddell. The Aggies got an additional run on the play thanks to an error that allowed Jiles to score to give the Aggies a 9-0 advantage.
Ramirez followed by hitting an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to give the Aggies a 10-0 lead in the top of the fifth. The 10-run rule in the fifth put the Hornets on the brink of elimination. They had to get the lead under 10 in the bottom of the fifth or their season would be over.
Waddell allowed one hit in the fifth, but the game ended when Taylor Leydig lined into a double play. Waddell improved to 5-8 in the circle. Brianna Baker dropped to 7-19.