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Aggies Face Spartans

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 03/26/2014
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A&T outfielder Brandon Wilkerson has scored eight of his 10 runs this season in the Aggies' last eight games. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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North Carolina A&T (11-12) at UNC Greensboro (12-11)
Date:
 March 26, 2014      
Time: 4 p.m.
Facility: UNCG Baseball Stadium 

AGGIES PREPARE FOR MAKEUP GAME

North Carolina A&T got an extra day of rest before having to play crosstown rival UNC Greensboro. The game was scheduled for Tuesday at NewBridge Bank Park, but inclement weather Tuesday morning prevented the two teams from playing their annual tilt at the downtown Greensboro minor league park.

The Aggies have been pretty good in midweek games against in-state opponents this season. A&T did fall twice to nationally-ranked N.C. State, but they have wins over Elon and High Point. A&T’s starting pitching has at times been solid during the middle of the week.

Left-hander DarAmani Swfit has a 3.18 ERA and earned the win over Elon. He was the tough-luck loser against Bryant after going nine innings and giving up only one run. RHP Justin Godette pitched seven shutout innings at High Point in the Aggies 7-6 win on March 19.

The Aggies are 5-2 in their last seven games and are seventh nationally in stolen bases. When their offense is going, it is really going. When it is not, it is really not. The Aggies have scored five or more runs six times this season and have won all six. They have, however, been shut out five times this season.

WHO’S HOT?

  • Senior catcher/designated hitter Stefan Jordan is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak. He is hitting 11-for-25 (.440) over those seven games with four runs scored. All 11 hits have been singles.
  • Junior Ryan Hill has reached base in seven straight games. He has walked six times and scored six runs over that span. His on-base percentage is .480 in the Aggies’ last seven games.
  • Luke Tendler’s presence at the plate brings about production even if he is not hitting the ball. He is 8-for-26 (.308) at the plate in his last seven games with nine RBI and four runs scored. He has been walked at least once in seven straight games and holds a .455 on-base percentage in the last seven games.
  • Brandon Wilkerson has scored 10 runs this season. Eight of those runs have been scored in the last eight games.   

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME

  • Live Stats
  • Live Video
  • Social Media: You can also follow the Aggies on Twitter @ncataggies or Facebook at Facebook.com/ncathletics.

LAST TIME OUT

A&T won its third straight MEAC series with a 4-3 win over Savannah State on Sunday. The win keeps the Aggies in first place in the MEAC Southern Division with a 6-3 mark. RHP Mitchell McQueen (3-3) picked up the win after pitching six innings with four strikeouts, two walks and two runs surrendered. RHP Brian Poag picked up his second save.

Ryan Hill was 3-for-7 in the series with three walks and two runs scored. Stefan Jordan was 4-for-11 with two runs scored and Dylan Hipp and Luke Tendler drove in three runs apiece.

PROBABLE STARTERS

LHP DarAmani Swift (1-2, 3.18 ERA) vs. LHP Andrew George (1-3, 6.62 ERA)

ABOUT THE STARTERS

Swift has given the Aggies a lot of innings during the middle of the week. He has tossed 22.2 innings in four appearances. Teams are hitting .241 against the left-hander.

George has walked 15 batters and struck out 13 in 17.2 innings pitched. He will be making his fifth appearances and fourth start on Wednesday.

A&T’S OPPONENT

UNC Greensboro is off to a 2-1 in the Southern Conference after taking two out of three from Furman over the weekend. They are led by slugger Sean Guite who is hitting .411 with 10 extra base hits, including seven doubles. Hunter King leads the team in RBI with 20 and Jordan McDonald is right behind him with 19.

The Spartans have scored 10 or more runs seven times this season, and they are 11-0 when they hold the lead after seven innings. They are 4-5 in weekday games this season. UNCG earned a 16-5 win on March 19 at UNCG Stadium against its only other MEAC opponent this season, Maryland Eastern Shore.  

SERIES HISTORY

The Spartans lead the all-time series 38-6. A&T’s last win over UNCG was a 7-6 victory at UNCG Stadium on April 28, 2009. The Aggies have lost five straight to the Spartans.

NEXT UP

The Aggies will try stay on top of the Southern Division with a three-game series against MEAC foe Florida A&M over the weekend. The Aggies will play a 1 p.m., doubleheader on Saturday, March 29. The series will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m.

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