GREENSBORO - Injuries to the North Carolina A&T pitching staff and to its everyday lineup has made the game of baseball tough for the Aggies this season.
But on Sunday it was back to the good old days. Several North Carolina A&T batters had multiple-hit afternoons, and the Aggies didn't have to use a lot of arms to work numerous innings. The result was a 14-3 and 12-5 doubleheader sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore at War Memorial Stadium.
Marquis Riley, Xavier Macklin, Luke Tendler and Dairio Little all homered on Sunday. Little had had three RBIs in the second game, while Little had two. Carvell Copeland went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. N.C. A&T put the second game away with an eight-run fifth inning.
Riley supplied the first salvo has he took a Matt Witte pitch through the right side for a two-run RBI single and a 7-2 Aggies lead. Little provided the second knock out punch when he hit Witte's pitch so far, it hit a Pepsi billboard sign deep in left field. After walking Tendler, the Hawks turned to Brandon Parker.
It didn't help. Kelvin Freeman doubled to center field to score Tendler and give N.C. A&T a 10-2 lead. Macklin put runners on first and third by dropping a fly ball in between the shortstop, left fielder and center fielder. Mark Nales drove in another run with a single to give the Aggies a commanding lead.
Brent Moore (2-5) picked up the win for N.C. A&T, while Witte took the loss. Andre McKoy led the Aggies in the second game by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Macklin got the Aggies on the board early in the game with a two-run homer. It was Macklin's 11th of the season and the 38th of his career.
In the third inning, Riley gave the Aggies a 4-2 lead with a home run to left center field. Tendler completed the hat trick as he topped both of his teammates by sending his home run bouncing off the War Memorial parking lot. The Aggies went on to score six runs in the fifth inning as the game ended early because of the Aggies led by 10 or more runs in a conference game after the sixth inning.
Nick Oelker picked up the win as he improved to 4-2 on the season. Tyler Witte took the loss. The Aggies (11-23, 5-6) are back in action Tuesday night when they face USC Upstate from War Memorial Stadium at 6.