WILMINGTON, N.C. – The North Carolina A&T softball team defeated Marshall 4-1 in its opening game of a doubleheader and fell 4-3 in eight innings to host UNC Wilmington, Wednesday afternoon at Boseman Field.
The Aggies (8-13) struck first in the third inning when freshman Syerra Askew led-off the inning with a double to right field. Junior Raven Smith gave A&T its first run with a double of her own to left center on the next at-bat to score Askew. A sac bunt moved Smith to third as freshman Dasia Moore drove in Smith with a single down the left field line with two outs.
Marshall (7-19) scored its only run in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Morgan Zerkle.
Senior Shelby Snyder earned her first win in the circle. Snyder finished with two strikeouts and held the Herd to six hits.
In the second game, the Aggies went toe-to-toe with the Seahawks (13-14) but UNCW prevailed in the eighth inning where the international tie breaker rule was in effect. The Seahawks started the inning with a runner on second who moved to third off a sac bunt. Casey Rowland’s sac fly to center field which drove in the winning run was all UNCW needed to seize the win.
Junior Zebresha Blakeney got things going for A&T in the first inning as she reached on a single and stole second. Moore’s single up the middle moved Blakeney to third. A wild pitch allowed Blakeney to score as A&T took a 1-0 edge.
The Seahawks answered in the bottom of the first. With one out, Merritt Wilkinson singled up the middle and scored off a RBI double from Nella Chamblee. Chamblee advanced to third on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a sac fly from Jessica Rape.
Moore cranked out another double in the third inning which scored Barcenas who reached on a single.
The Seahawks changed pitchers in the fourth inning and Rowland (7-5) who secured the win, kept the Aggies scoreless for the next five innings. Rowland finished with a game-high eight strikeouts.
Barcenas, Blakeney, and Moore accounted for six of A&T’s seven hits against UNCW. Janika May (4-6) gave up just two hits in the loss.
A&T will visit UNC Greensboro on Wednesday, March 26 for a single game starting at 6 p.m.