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A&T Falls Short In Seventh Inning To Rider

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/23/2014
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Zebresha Blakeney makes a play at second base on Sunday. The Aggies closed out the Aggie Invitational with an 8-7 loss to Rider. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

GREENSBORO – A seventh inning rally fell short for the North Carolina A&T softball team in an 8-7 setback to Rider University at the Aggie Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

The Aggies (3-4 overall) finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, with their only win coming against Maryland Eastern Shore on Saturday.

After trailing 3-1, A&T took the 4-3 edge in the third inning when freshman Dasia Moore led things off with a double to left center. With one out senior Jax Kaye Woodard singled and moved Moore to third. A fielder’s choice by the Rider defense allowed Tranea Jones to reach first base and bring in a run for the Aggies. Senior Tiffany Macklin kept the bats going with an RBI single to right field. With two outs and runners on first and third, Rider attempted to pick Jones off but instead committed a throwing error in the process, allowing the Aggies to score another run.

Two doubles in the fifth inning by Rider tied the game at 4. But it was the seventh inning where Rider initiated a two-out rally that produced four runs off four hits and an Aggies error which helped it take an 8-4 lead.

The Aggies tried their best to respond in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and bases loaded, senior Haley Snyder pitch-hit for the Aggies and cleared the bases on the first pitch with a double to left field. A&T’s rally was cut short as Rider recorded the third out on the next batter.

Moore led the Aggies by going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Freshman Maiven McKnight tossed a complete game and finished with three strikeouts.

A&T will visit Gardner-Webb on Thursday, Feb. 27 for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., in Boiling Springs.

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