GREENSBORO—The North Carolina A&T softball team nearly picked up their third win of the year on Thursday afternoon at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex, but crosstown rival UNC Greensboro came back from behind to win Game 1 by 11-8, and won Game 2 by 10-1.
The Aggies (2-19) totaled 16 hits on the day, but gave up 20 against the Spartans (23-5). Raven Smith batted 5-for-6 on the day with a double and a home run, while Jax Woodard and Sabrina Edmonds each homered for the Aggies in the first game.
In the first game, the Aggies had an 8-4 lead before the Spartans scored seven runs on five hits in the top of the sixth to pull out in front, 11-8. The Aggies got a two-out single from left fielder Raven Smith in the bottom of the seventh, but designated hitter Shelby Snyder struck out swinging to end the game.
UNCG took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, aided by a two RBI double to left by Danielle Vega. But the Aggies responded, scoring two runs on back-to-back solo home runs by juniors Woodard and Edmonds.
The Aggie offense opened up in the third inning, as centerfielder Dominique Smith doubled to left to kick off the rally. She scored as second baseman Zabresha Blakeney singled to right to tie the game. A&T took the lead when shortstop Alejandra Barcenas reached on a fielding error by the UNCG shortstop Heather Robb, allowing Blakeney to score. Woodard picked up her second RBI of the game with a single to left. An RBI single by Snyder put the Aggies ahead, 6-3.
UNCG designated hitter Lindsay Thomas homered to right-centerfield to make it a 6-4 contest in the fifth. But A&T answered right back as Raven Smith hit a double to bring home the seventh Aggie run. She later scored the team’s final run as Synder singled to right field.
In the second game, the lone A&T run came on a solo shot to right by Raven Smith. The Spartans scored five runs in the third and three more in the fourth. The Aggies weren’t able to capitalize on scoring opportunities as they left the bases loaded in the third. UNCG pitcher Erica Navarrette, who held the Aggies to three hits, retired the side in the final two innings to pick up her fourth win of the year.
The Aggies will travel down to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on S.C. State from March 29-30.