MACON, Ga. – North Carolina A&T closed out the Mercer Softball Tournament with losses to Akron and tournament-host Mercer.
N.C. A&T lost to the Zips 8-0 in Sunday’s earlier game before losing to the Bears 5-0 at Sikes Field.
Senior Zadaisha Waddell increased her hitting streak to four games with a hit against the Zips and two hits against the Bears.
The game got away from the Aggies early against the Zips. Akron scored four runs in each of the first two innings. Akron was aided by three Aggie errors. Jordan Crews had provided the biggest blow of the inning with a two-run double down the right field line.
N.C. A&T had four more errors in the second inning as Sydney Jascoe took advantage with a two-run double down the left field line.
The Aggies had scoring threats in the fourth and fifth innings. Freshman Alisa Maldonado walked which was followed up by a single from Waddell to put runners on first and second with two outs in the fourth. But Nikki Varela grounded out to end the threat. In the fifth, Green and freshman Destanny Parker and senior Mohagony Headen opened the inning with singles.
But Green was thrown out at third on the Headen play for the first out of the inning. But two straight groundouts ended the threat in the fifth. Cutts (0-2) took the loss in the circle while Amaya Smith (2-2) got the win.
In their game against Mercer, the Aggies recorded a season-high seven hits. But the Aggies left eight players on base in the loss. Headen (0-2) had a good outing in the loss by pitching six innings and giving up only three earned runs. She also recorded a season-high five strikeouts.
Varela was 2-for-4 at the plate and Waddell was 2-for-3. Mercer took a 2-0 lead into the third inning when the Aggies made their first real threat. Tivonia Cole walked and stole second to open the third inning. With one out, Varela singled to send Cole to third. Varela moved into scoring position by stealing second, but a strikeout and fly out to right ended the inning.
Mercer broke the game open in the fourth with three runs as Kenlie Harvey and Amanda Schwartz each had an RBI in the inning.
The Aggies put together another scoring opportunity in the sixth inning. With two outs, Cutts singled up the middle and Parker singled through the right side to put pinch-runner Jendayi Wright on second and Parker on first. But Headen flew out to center field to end the inning.
Bailey Pattison (2-4) got the win and Lynn Gardner earned the save. The Aggies will participate in the UNC Wilmington Tournament, March 1-3.