BUIES CREEK – North Carolina A&T tried out some new arms on Wednesday at Campbell as it prepares for a crucial three-game series this weekend at Florida A&M. The Aggies’ six pitchers pitched well but came up short in a 4-1 loss at Jim Perry Stadium.
Junior Ryan Hill went 3-for-4, while junior Dylan Hipp was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Senior Luke Tendler, who won the A&T Sports Hall of Fame Award along with Senior Male and Male Athlete of the Year awards from the A&T Athletics Department Monday night, usually starts at shortstop.
But the All-American slugger who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, got the start Wednesday night. He pitched one inning and gave up one hit before being replaced by fellow slugger Cameron Jergens, making his first appearance of the season.
Jergens pitched a scoreless second inning, but ran into a snag in the third as he opened the inning by walking the first two batters. A wild pitch moved both of those runners into scoring position, setting up Matt Nadolski’s RBI sacrifice fly to center field for a 1-0 Camels lead. In the fourth inning, the Aggies turned to their third straight slugger to turned pitcher as Lester Salcedo took the mound. He also pitched a scoreless inning without giving up a hit.
LHP Dylan Hipp, who is normally the Aggies leadoff hitter, made his fifth appearance as a pitcher when he entered the game in the fifth. He gave up a run when Matt Parish’s sac fly scored Nadolski from third for a 2-0 Camels lead.
A&T finally got on the board in the seventh as Kyle Clary hit a one-out infield single. Brandon Mitchell’s groundout moved into scoring position for Hipp who hit an RBI single to center field to cut Campbell’s lead to 2-1.
But the Camels extended their lead in their half of the seventh as they picked up two more runs against senior RHP Justin Godette. RHP Luke McCreesh ended the game for the Aggies (15-30). Jergens (0-1) took the loss while Ryan Koopman (6-1) got the win.
Parrish had three RBI and Nadolski went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Aggies three-game series against the Rattlers starts Saturday at 1 p.m., with a doubleheader in Tallahassee, Fla. It concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.