GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T softball will hit the road for a three-game MEAC series against Florida A&M in Tallahassee, beginning on Saturday, April 5 with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at the Lady Rattler Softball Complex.
The Aggies (11-15 overall, 3-0 MEAC) will close out the series with a single game on Sunday, April 6 at noon.
The Rattlers (13-19, 2-1) won the series last year against the Aggies, taking two of three games in Greensboro. This season FAMU is just 2-4 at home and 2-1 in the MEAC after dropping the conference opener to Savannah State but rebounding with a pair of wins.
FAMU’s ace pitcher Ashleigh Minter has posted an 8-7 record with 39 strikeouts and a 2.87 ERA. The Aggies will also see Amber Fullwood (4-6) and Kenya Pereria (1-6) in the circle who both have recorded an ERA of 5.01.
A&T’s offense has started to emerge in all areas of the lineup. Junior Zebresha Blakeney is currently on a four-game hitting streak and is 11-for-12 in stolen bases. Freshman Dasia Moore leads the Aggies in batting (.313), hits (25), and doubles (eight) while senior Sabrina Edmonds (.302) is leading A&T in home runs (five) and RBI (17). Sophomore Alejandra Barcenas is second on the team in hits (24) and leads the team in runs with 16.
Fullwood is a threat on offense for the Rattlers as she’s batting .344 with 32 hits and 20 RBI. Denise Anderson (.324) has also drove in 20 runs and hit four homers along with Kieifi Myrick (.304). Along with several other solid bats, the Rattlers are speedsters on the base paths and are 58-for-70 in stolen bases behind Myrick (12) and Whitney Farris (10).
The Aggies will have to control FAMU’s offense with strong performances behind sophomore pitcher Janika May (5-7), freshman Maiven McKnight (5-2), and senior Shelby Snyder (1-6). A&T has recorded 67 strikeouts and a team ERA of 4.47.
After the MEAC series against Florida A&M, the Aggies will return home to host Elon on Wednesday, April 9 for a single game starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex.