GREENSBORO – After a good opening weekend in Alabama, the North Carolina A&T softball team will return home on Friday, Feb. 21 to host the annual Aggie Invitational.
The three-day tournament will welcome teams such as Rider, St. Francis, Morgan State, and UMES. The tournament will start every day at 8:30 a.m., with the last game starting at 2:30 p.m. All games will be played at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex.
The Aggies (2-2 overall) opened the 2014 season at the Alabama State Tournament in Montgomery where there defeated Gardner-Webb and Alabama State. Both of A&T’s losses came at the of Alabama A&M.
Freshman Dasia Moore made the most of her collegiate debut by leading the Aggies with four hits, a pair of doubles, and two RBI last weekend. Senior Haley Snyder and sophomore Janika May each recorded three hits. Senior Sabrina Edmonds and Synder each finished with three RBI as Edmonds belted the Aggies’ first homer of the season.
In the circle May posted a 2-0 mark after tossing two complete games and tabbing eight strikeouts.
On Friday the Aggies will face Morgan State at 2:30 p.m. A&T will take on UMES and St. Francis at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively, as it will play its final game of the tournament on Sunday against Rider at 12:30 p.m.
About Rider: The Broncs will open the 2014 season at the Aggie Invitational. Last season, Rider posted an 8-41 record. Senior Kehli Washington was recently named to the preseason All-MAAC team. In 2013, Washington led the Broncs in hitting (.349), on-base percentage (.410), runs scored (34), hits (54), triples (1) and stolen bases (24). Washington handled 87 of 88 chances in the outfield for a fielding percentage of .989. Washington led the conference in stolen bases and was fifth in the MAAC in hits and 13th in batting average. Rider also returns sophomore Dana Sensi (.320) and junior Amanda Irving (.317) who helped lead its offense last year.
About St. Francis: The Red Flash will also open the 2014 season on Friday at the Aggie Invitational. In 2013 the Red Flash were 25-30 overall. Senior Chelsy Consentino returns for St. Francis as she headed it last season with a team-high .354 batting average and 64 hits. Also coming back for the 2014 season is junior Maggie Crecium who batted .308 last year, followed by sophomore Sabrie Neeb (.303), and junior Taylor Parsons (.301). As a freshman, pitcher Ketarah DeVries finished with a 3.49 ERA and 17-16 record. DeVries finished with a team-leading 137 strikeouts.
About Morgan State: The Bears kicked off the 2014 season last weekend at the Savannah State Softball Tournament. Morgan State is 1-3 and notched its only win, a 14-12 decision over Thomas University in eight innings. Junior Claudett Tanabe-Smith tallied six hits and three runs during opening weekend. Junior Zina Constancia finished with four hits, including two homers and six RBI. The Bears are averaging a 6.95 ERA behind Nicole Holguin, Jordan Eades, and Donna Lara.
About UMES: Last weekend the Hawks opened the season at the Charleston Southern tournament where they posted a 0-5 record. Junior Morgan King hit .462 at the tournament which included six hits, a homerun, a double, RBI, and a run. Sophomores Emily Diseroad and Trenece Nash each finished with three hits. Sophomore pitcher Abria Tinsley finished with 11 strikeouts last weekend.