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Aggies Go Fox Hunting For The Weekend

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/11/2014
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Charles Cantrell (left) will get the start in Game 2 on Saturday. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
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Marist (8-21) at North Carolina A&T (11-22)   
Date(s):
 April 12-13, 2014        
Time: 1 and 4 p.m., on Saturday; 1 p.m., Sunday
Facilities: War Memorial Stadium  

AGGIES STAY CLOSE TO HOME ME

  • ·The Aggies hope a little break away from conference this weekend will be just what they need to get back on track.
  • ·        The Aggies will host Marist for a three-game series at War Memorial Stadium as they try to shake a 10-game losing streak that has seen them bat .203 over the span.
  • ·        Only two Aggies – Luke Tendler (.370) and Cameron Jergens (.306) – have batted better than .300 during the losing streak. A&T also has a 7.92 ERA over the last 10 games, while their opponents have posted a 2.17 ERA.
  • ·        The good news for the Aggies is that the majority of their season will be played inside War Memorial. The Aggies, who are 6-7 at home, will play 12 of their remaining 17 games at War Memorial.  
  • ·        The Aggies continue to lead the league in walks (128), stolen bases (64), stolen base attempts (83) and runners picked off (14). They are second in the MEAC in sacrifice flies with 14. Ryan Hill continues to be one of the best base stealers in the country. Hill is 22nd in the nation in stolen bases with 16. Teammate Brandon Wilkerson is 35th in the nation (14). The Aggies are fourth nationally in stolen bases (63) and 10th in stolen bases per game (1.91).

WHO’S HOT?

·        Junior Brandon Wilkerson has reached base safely in his last six games. He is 6-for-18 at the plate (.333), has scored three times and walked three times over that same span. He has also been successful in two base stealing attempts.

·        Senior Cameron Jergens has gone 18 straight games without making an error. The last time Jergens made an error was on March 12, 2014 against Bryant at War Memorial Stadium. The last time he made an error on the road was March 5, 2014 at N.C. State. Jergens is also batting 6-for-17 (.353) at the plate in his last five games.

LAST TIME OUT

·        A&T traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Aggies 10-0 at Bohamer Stadium. A&T was no-hit through 6.1 innings before Stefan Jordan singled to right-center field. Aggies starter DarAmani Swift went just 0.2 innings before being replaced by RHP Justin Godette.

·        Godette pitched 2.1 scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fourth and running into trouble in the fifth when UNC scored four runs to chase him from the game.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Game 1: A&T RHP Tyler Boone (0-5, 6.12 ERA) vs. LHP Jordan Eich (2-3, 4.95 ERA)

Game 2: A&T RHP Charles Cantrell (4-3, 2.61 ERA) vs. RHP Scott Boches (2-2, 4.76)

Game 3: A&T RHP Mitchell McQueen (3-4, 6.00 ERA) vs. Sean Keenan (2-0, 2.50 ERA)

ABOUT THE A&T STARTERS

After struggling early in the season, Boone has looked good in his last two starts. He pitched 5.1 scoreless innings against Florida A&M on March 29 and he pitched eight innings and struck out six in a loss to N.C. Central on April 5.

Cantrell has the best ERA out of the five A&T regular starters. He’s taken some tough losses in his last two outings. He lost 4-2 to Florida A&M in late March and 4-0 to N.C. Central on April 5.  

McQueen will be looking to go beyond six innings for the first time since pitching nine innings against Marshall on Feb. 23. In his last outing, he have up 11 hits to N.C. Central.

ABOUT THE MARIST STARTERS

Eich leads the Red Foxes in innings pitched (40) and strikeouts (29). He will be making his eighth start of the season.

In his last outing, Boches went 3.2 innings and gave up seven earned runs to Rider University. In his outing against Monmouth on March 22, he was the tough-luck loser after only giving up three runs in a 3-1 loss.

Sean Keenan leads the Red Foxes in ERA. Keenan pitched in relief in his last outing by going 2.2 innings, striking out three and giving up one hit. He pitched a three-hit shutout earlier this season against Fordham.

A&T’S OPPONENT

Marist has struggled so far this season like the Aggies. The Red Foxes have lost three straight with their last win coming on April 5 when they beat Rider 13-9. Steve Laurino leads the Red Foxes offensively with a .305 average and 17 RBI.

The Red Foxes play out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They have only played two home games this season because of the cooler climate. This weekend’s games will be there 22nd, 23rd and 24th games on the road this season. The Red Foxes are 0-2 in their only two home games this season.    

SERIES HISTORY

This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

NEXT UP

The Aggies will welcome Campbell to War Memorial Stadium on Tuesday. Campbell leads the all-time series 27-4. The Camels defeated the Aggies 10-2 last season at War Memorial Stadium. Justin Godette took the loss.

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