GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T’s 2013 home doubleheader finale did not go well on Tuesday as Gardner-Webb swept the Aggies 4-1 and 11-1 at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.
The Aggies Game 1 loss was a symptom of not being able to come up with the big hit when needed. Their Game 2 loss was plagued by early errors that helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs build an insurmountable lead.
It was a great afternoon for Aggies junior catcher Sabrina Edmonds. She combined to go 5-for-6 in two games, increasing her season batting average to .388.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first game thanks to a solo home run by Savannah Burns in the second inning and an RBI sacrifice fly by Morgan Baker in the third. It was Burns’ two-run RBI double in the fifth inning that scored Baker and Kellie Beres gave the Bulldogs a nice cushion at 4-0.
The Aggies did get on the board in the sixth as the inning started with Zabresha Blakeney reaching first base thanks to an error GWU third baseman Jordyn Arrowood. Blakeney moved to second on a sacrifice by Detavia Kenan.
Jax Woodard, the Aggies leader in RBI, followed with a laser single off of her bat to left field to score Blakeney. The inning continued as Edmonds singled, but Tranea Jones fouled out to left field to strand two.
That was not the only missed opportunity. The Aggies left a runner in scoring position in the second and missed out in the fifth when Edmonds opened the inning with a single. GWU starter Ashley Rhyne put two on with no out when she walked Jones. Sophomore Raven Smith put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice.
But consecutive Aggie pinch hitters – Tiffany Macklin and Alexiss Dominguez – grounded out and fouled out respectively to end the inning.
Rhyne (5-11) picked up the win for the Bulldogs after striking out four and allowing only one walk. Shelby Snyder (4-3) took the loss despite striking out five.
A&T’s starter in Game 2, freshman Janika May (1-9), ran into some tough luck in the second game. A two-out error in the first inning gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to rally. Three errors on one play in the same inning also contributed to GWU’s 5-0 lead. Jessica Childers (3-10) was the Game 2 starter.
The Aggies (6-25) will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., to face the top MEAC team in the Southern Division, Bethune-Cookman. They will play a 1 p.m., Saturday doubleheader and a noon game on Sunday. GWU is 9-27.