EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T bounced back after two losses on Friday with a 7-3 victory against Rider Saturday at the 2019 North Carolina A&T Softball Invitational played at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex.
Senior Zadaisha Waddell led the team with two hits and with two RBI to give her six RBI in three games this weekend while shortstop Alyssa Smith added two RBI. Waddell started the game pitching the first two innings giving up one run on two hits with three strikeouts, but freshman Hailee Cutts picked up the win (2-3) pitching the next three innings giving up two runs on one hit. Senior Mohagony Headen pitched the final two shutout innings scattering a hit with two strikeouts.
The Aggies wasted no time scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Waddell got N.C. A&T on the board with a two-run single to center field that hit the top of the fence to drive home freshman Nikki Varela and sophomore Marcey Jiles for a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Samantha Ramirez singled to center to drive home Waddell for the third run of the inning.
But the Aggies responded scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning to recapture the lead. Smith singled to left field to drive home senior Zadia Davis and pinch runner Alisa Maldonado for a 5-3 lead and freshman Vivica Boyd scored on a wild pitch for a 6-3 Aggies advantage. Headen singled up the middle to drive home Smith for the final run of the game.
Rider (0-12) left the bases loaded in the second inning and left two on in the third inning after a double-play with the bases loaded and one out. Rider only recorded four hits during the game and was led by Rachael Zeides with two RBI. Elyse Cuttic (0-4) took the loss giving up four runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
The Aggies finish their tournament Sunday in a rematch against Alabama A&M at noon.