GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T softball team split a pair of games at the Tennessee State Invitational in Nashville on Friday evening.
The Aggies (4-8 overall) snapped a five-game losing streak in their first game on Friday when it defeated Saint Louis 7-4. A&T dropped its second game 5-4 to host TSU.
Against SLU, the Aggies scored first and took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. Sabrina Edmonds and Kimberly Brunson led off with back-to-back singles and moved to second and third off a groundout. Tiffany Macklin reached on a fielder’s choice on the next play but an error from Saint Louis allowed A&T to score its first run. With runners on second and third, Jax Kaye Woodard hit a RBI single to right field to give the Aggies a 2-0 edge. After Woodard stole second, Macklin scored on a wild pitch as Alejandra Barcenas drove in A&T’s final run of the inning with a single.
A&T put up another big inning in the sixth and stretched its lead to 7-0. With two outs, Woodard and Raven Smith reached on errors as Barcenas loaded the bases for A&T after she was hit by a pitch. An error by the right fielder on the next at-bat allowed the Aggies to score three runs.
Saint Louis responded in the bottom of the sixth and used two doubles and a pair of singles to drive in two runs. In the bottom of the seventh inning the Billikens had a hit to right center from Alex Nickel and a triple from Lindsay Friedman to trail A&T 7-4. However the Aggies had mounted a lead that SLU wasn’t able to respond to as the Aggies closed out the inning for the win.
Dasia Moore led A&T with two hits to record her fifth multi-hit game. Pitcher Janika May improved to 3-2 with the win. May tossed six innings and finished with a game-high four strikeouts.
In the following game, it was big hits and homers that kept the Aggies in the game as both teams battled until the end. After the Aggies tied the game at 4 in the top of the seventh inning, TSU used a walk-off double from Kate Morris to score Jayna Hanawahine who led off with a single to win the game.
After trailing 4-2, Edmonds reached on an error by the shortstop to start things off in the seventh inning. But it was Haley Snyder’s patience on a full count that allowed her to belt her first home run of the season to left field to tie the game.
The Tigers scored two runs in the sixth off three hits and an error to push their advantage to 4-2. The Aggies scored a run in the fourth and fifth inning with a double from Zebresha Blakeney who advanced to third off a sac bunt and scored on a wild pitch to cut TSU’s lead to 2-1. In the fifth inning, Charity Douglas hit her first career homer, a solo shot to left field to tie the game at 2.
Shelby Snyder recorded the loss and finished with a strikeout.
A&T will take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff at noon on Saturday and will play at 4:30 p.m. or 6:45 p.m. after seeding is determined.