CLINTON, S.C. - A furious comeback in the seventh inning was not enough as the North Carolina A&T softball team lost 11-9 to Presbyterian in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at PC Softball Complex.
The Aggies lost their 12th straight with a 6-0 loss in the second game. A&T dropped to 12-30 on the season, but not without a fight in Game 1.
Trailing 11-5 going into their half of the seventh, the Aggies made a valiant attempt to extend the game. Dominique Smith took advantage of designated player Erica Turner being hit by a pitch by doubling to left field. After getting Detavia Kenan to fly out, Presbyterian starter Leslie Hensley hit her second batter of the inning.
As a result, Tranea Jones went to first base to load the bases. Sophomore catcher Sabrina Edmonds singled through the left side to score Turner to cut the lead to five. Raven Smith, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first game, doubled to right-center field to score two more runs to make it 11-8. Tiffany Macklin got A&T to within two on an RBI infield single that scored Edmonds.
But with two runners in scoring position, Hensley settled in and got freshman Zabresha Blakeney to groundout and Alexandra McAfee to pop out to end the game. Edmonds ended the game 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Dominique Smith was 2-fo-4 with two runs scored.
Presbyterian took a 5-2 lead in the second inning thanks in part to a two-run RBI triple to left field by Rachel Hopper. The Aggies cut the lead to on a home run by Raven Smith in the fourth inning, her third of the season. After the Blue Hose scored two more runs in their half of the fourth before the Aggies rallied again in the fifth.
An RBI triple to left field by Kenan scored Erica Turner who reached on an error. Jones cut the lead to 7-5 on an RBI sacrifice fly to left. But the Blue Hose took control of the game again scoring four in the bottom of the fifth.
The Blue Hose took control of the second game in the fifth inning when it scored three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Cat Tarvin sparked the rally with an RBI triple. Morgan Durham followed with an RBI single and later stole second to set up an RBI single by Shelby Petik.
Dominique Smith went 2-for-3 to lead the Aggies. The Aggies are back in action on Wednesday when they face Elon in a 3 p.m., doubleheader at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.