Solid Pitching And Timely Hits Leads A&T By FAMU
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It was a good day for the North Carolina A&T softball team who outhit Florida A&M 20-8 en route to a pair of MEAC wins, Saturday afternoon in at the Lady Rattler Softball Field.
A&T took down FAMU 8-3 in Game 1 and 7-0 in the second game. The Aggies improved to 13-15 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Rattlers (13-21) fell to 2-3 in the MEAC.
“Our pitchers really did a good job today,” head coach Kenya Peters said. “Shelby and Janika performed well. Our defense is what really kept us in the game. Offensively everyone had a good day … I really can’t single out one person.”
Senior Shelby Snyder was flawless in Game 2 where she tossed A&T’s first shutout since they beat N.C. Central 1-0 on May 4, 2013. Snyder (2-6) gave up just two hits in a complete-game two-strikeout performance.
While Snyder kept FAMU off the bases, the Aggies’ offense couldn’t keep off of them, particularly in the seventh inning where they scored six runs. After senior Sabrina Edmonds’s RBI single gave A&T a 1-0 edge in the third inning the Aggies got hits from junior Raven Smith, senior Dominique Smith and freshman Dasia Moore, along with three errors by FAMU to push their lead to 7-0 in the final inning.
It was completely opposite in the first game where A&T scored all of its runs in the first two innings. A&T took a 3-0 edge in the first inning, but the Rattlers countered with a run in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single from Denise Anderson.
The Aggies posted five runs in the second inning beginning with Moore’s RBI single which scored junior Zebresha Blakeney who reached on a hit. But it was senior Jax Kaye Woodard’s three-run home run, her third of the season, that gave the Aggies a 7-1 advantage. A&T scored its final run of the game with an RBI single from Smith that drove in senior Tranea Jones who doubled.
The Rattlers cut the score to 8-3 in the third inning with a two-run homer from Anderson.
A&T tallied 14 hits and was led by Edmonds and Raven Smith who each finished with three hits. Moore and Blakeney were 2-for-4 with two runs each while Woodard led the Aggies in RBI with three followed by Moore who added two.
Anderson accounted for three of FAMU’s six hits as sophomore pitcher Janika May (6-7) finished with a game-leading three strikeouts.
A&T and FAMU will close out the series Sunday, April 6 for a single game starting at noon.