GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T softball team will head back down south for another MEAC weekend series against Savannah State, beginning on April 12 with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. A&T head coach Kenya Peters will return to the school where she once served as an assistant.
The Aggies (13-17, 5-1) enter the series tied for first in the MEAC southern division with Bethune-Cookman (15-24, 5-1). SSU (19-16) along with Delaware State (19-12) in the northern division have notched the most wins this season in the conference. However in league play, the Tigers are in a battle with Florida A&M for third as both teams have posted a 3-3 record.
A&T is coming off a 3-0 loss to Elon in a non-conference matchup while Savannah State won two of three against N.C. Central last weekend, giving the Eagles their first conference win of the season. The Tigers who are en route to their third consecutive 20-plus wins season have enjoyed several streaks already, including an eight-game winning streak.
SSU has played well at Tiger Softball Field with a 12-5 record and has been led by an offense that is hitting .287. Amanda Hallman (.354) has tallied a team-high 35 hits ahead of Torrian Wright (30) who is hitting .349, leads SSU in RBI (35) and home runs (12). While SSU’s lineup includes several other solid batters, its pitching rotation has been limited to just the duo of Amanda McDowell (10-6) and Hallman (9-10). McDowell has tallied 120 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.18 and Hallman has produced an ERA of 7.08 with 95 strikeouts.
A&T’s trio of pitchers have mounted a steady 4.04 team ERA courtesy of Janika May (3.66), Maiven McKnight (4.29), and Shelby Snyder (4.37). May heads the Aggies with 44 strikeouts. A&T is 6-3 when McKnight is the starting pitcher.
The Aggies’ offense has hit the ball well in MEAC play where they are batting .291 as a team. Raven Smith is hitting .421 in conference games, followed by Sabrina Edmonds (.400), Zebresha Blakeney (.364), Dominique Smith (.357), and Jax Kaye Woodard (.333). Overall, Dasia Moore has led A&T in hits this season with 28.
A&T will take on SSU 12 p.m., Sunday, April 13 in the final game of the series.