RALEIGH -- A costly walk led to two runs as Lafayette defeated the North Carolina A&T softball team 3-1 for the second time in three days at the Wolfpack Challenge hosted by N.C. State at Dail Stadium.
With the loss to Lafayette on Sunday, the Aggies (1-7) ended the challenge 0-5. A&T right fielder Detavia Keenan went 2-for-3. Keenan also had the best batting average for the three-day event by hitting .364 (4-for-11). Freshman shortstop Alejandra Barcenas had the most hits for A&T as she went 5-for-14 against competition that included the N.C. State and the University of Kansas.
In an effort to pick their first win of the weekend, the Aggies scored a run in the second off of a Keenan single that Raven Smith. Aggies starter Ashira Dobison was able to hold on to that lead until the fourth. Melissa Robinson tied the game with a leadoff solo home run.
Despite a runner being put in scoring position later in the inning, Dobison pitched out of the jam by getting Kristen Berger to fly out to center field.
But walks would be the Aggies downfall in the fifth. With two out and two runners on, Dobison walked Robinson on four straight pitches to load the bases. Victoria Vergona followed with a two-run RBI single to give the Leopards a bit of a cushion at 3-1.
A&T put the tying run on first in the top of the seventh thanks to a Barcenas single. Robinson, who was in relief for starter Kaitlin Perrine, then unleashed a wild pitch to move Barcenas into scoring position at second base. But groundouts by Dominique Smith and Jax Woodard ended the game.
A&T returns to action Wednesday when they host a 1 p.m., doubleheader against UNC Wilmington at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.