GREENSBORO – Senior catcher Sabrina Edmonds hit her 25th career home run but it was far from enough as the North Carolina A&T softball suffered a 7-1 setback to UNC Greensboro, Thursday evening at UNCG Softball Stadium.
The Aggies fell to 8-14 overall while the Spartans improved to 13-5. Despite the score, UNCG only took a 9-8 advantage in hits over the Aggies. But it was the Spartans’ timely hits early in the game that helped them get the win.
The Spartans wasted no time and took a 5-0 lead over the Aggies in the first inning. Allison Geiner capitalized off an error by left fielder Raven Smith and reached third to open the inning. Danielle Vega drove in the game’s first run with a RBI single to center field. UNCG loaded the bases after Katelynn Bedwell singled to right field and Lindsay Thomas drew a walk. Sophomore pitcher Janika May walked Tory Wright on the next at-bat as the Spartans took a 2-0 edge.
A single from Nicole Thomas drove in a pair of runs but Thomas was thrown out at second by center fielder Kimberly Brunson to record the first out of the inning. Wright advanced to third on the previous play and scored the final run of the inning after Dominique Madruga laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Edmonds who leads the team in homers this season with five, belted a lead off solo shot over the left field fence in the top of the second, giving A&T its only run and avoiding another shut out by UNCG. The Spartans defeated the Aggies 8-0 on March 5 in their first meeting of the season.
“I’ve been working on my hitting lately…especially hitting all areas of the ball,” Edmonds explained. “It felt good to hit it solidly and get all of it. I just wish that we could have pulled together and won.”
UNCG stretched its advantage to 7-1 in the bottom of the second and scored two runs off four hits from Tatiana Alcala, Geiner, Bedwell, and Thomas.
A&T’s defense kept the Spartans scoreless for the next four innings but the Aggie’s offense was unable to get things going as they left eight runners on base.
May dropped to 4-7 with the loss as Lacy Leary (3-2) earned the win. Bedwell finished with a game-high three hits and Thomas was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Aggies will open up MEAC play on Saturday, March 29 by hosting a doubleheader against S.C. State beginning at 1 p.m., at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex. A&T will close out the series, Sunday, March 30 at noon.
“I think this is going to be a good season for us,” said Edmonds about Saturday’s MEAC season opener. “I think the conference is up for grabs and I think we can take it if we do the little things right.”