GREENSBORO –In two nights the North Carolina A&T baseball team had to play a college baseball powerhouse in the University of South Carolina before playing the No. 1 team in the nation in N.C. State.
Going 1-1 is not too shabby. After upsetting the USC Gamecocks Tuesday night, the Aggies returned to Greensboro Wednesday night to face the NCSU Wolfpack at First National Bank Park, home of Greensboro Grasshoppers, Greensboro’s Class A minor league baseball team.
The Wolfpack hit three home runs on their way to a 12-3 win over the Aggies, snapping the Aggies (15-10) five-game winning streak. NCSU’s first home run came in the first inning when Patrick Bailey hit a three-run home run to right field off Aggies starter Jeremiah Foster (RHP) for a 3-0 Wolfpack lead.
N.C. A&T counterpunched in their half of the first as junior Dustin Baber walked and moved around the basepaths by stealing second and third. After a walk to freshman Tony Mach which resulted in him stealing second, Williamson hit a two-run RBI single through the right side to put the Aggies down one, 3-2.
N.C. A&T’s first inning even led to the Wolfpack to taking starter Nick Swiney out of the game after only a third of an inning pitched.
NCSU (25-1) halted the Aggies momentum quickly as Will Wilson hit the Wolfpack’s second three-run homer in as many innings with a blast over the News & Record
Williamson singled through the left side before being replaced by freshman pinch runner Donte Wade. Wade stole second and moved to third on a single by junior Zach McLean. Junior Jarrett Norman’s fly ball dropped to right field for an RBI single that scored Wade cutting the Wolfpack’s lead to 7-3.
A bunt single by Stanley loaded the bases for the Aggies against NCSU reliever Cameron Cotter with one out. But with the tying run at the plate, junior Shane Faulk struck out and Baber popped up to second to end the threat. The Wolfpack scored three in the fifth to break the game open and take a 10-3 lead. The inning included a solo homer by Vojtech Mensik.
Junior Cam Williamson led the Aggies by going 2-for-2 with two RBI. Junior Ryne Stanley also had a two-hit night.
Foster (0-1) took the loss while Cotter (2-0) got the win. Wilson and Bailey had four RBI apiece for the Wolfpack. The Aggies return to conference play this weekend when they take on Savannah State in a three-game series at War Memorial Stadium. The first game of the series is at 6 p.m., Friday.