DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A day after the North Carolina A&T baseball team used a two-run homer to secure a comeback win over Savannah State, the Aggies had a two-run homer hit against them on Friday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Park that moved them into the elimination bracket of the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship Baseball Tournament.
Korey Singh’s two-run shot in the seventh inning lifted Norfolk State to a 4-2 win over the Aggies, the defending MEAC champions. The Spartans win ended the Aggies four-game winning streak in the tournament dating back to last season and it put the Aggies in a 7 p.m., Friday elimination game against either Florida A&M or Delaware State.
N.C. A&T (29-23) led 2-1 going into the seventh and were just coming off a big inning-ending double play to end the sixth. But to open the seventh, Stephen Braughn hit a towering flyball that senior right fielder Dawnoven Smith lost in the sun. The ball landed in the grassy outfield for a leadoff double.
Singh followed by taking the first pitch he saw from Aggies starter Michael Johnson (RHP) and parking it over the left-center field wall for a two-run homer and a 3-2 Norfolk State advantage. The Spartans (24-24) kept their momentum going as Adam Collins singled off Johnson before stealing second.
Trent Hachey’s infield single put runners on first and third before the Aggies turned to senior RHP Leon Davidson. Davidson forced Khie Simms into a groundout, but it allowed Collins to score to give the Spartans an insurance run at 4-2.
N.C. A&T did put the tying run at the plate thanks to a single from Smith. But senior Ryne Stanley struck out to end the game. Chase Anderson pitched a complete game on 107 pitches to improve to 6-3. Johnson (4-5) took the loss.
Junior Zach McLean and senior Brandon Melendez drove in runs for the Aggies. In fact, the Aggies took an early 2-0 lead on a Stanley bunt single. Stanley eventually advanced to third setting up an RBI single from McLean. After McLean advanced to second on a wild pitch, Melendez drove him home with a single.
N.C. A&T must win three straight games to repeat as conference champions.