BASEBALL PREVIEW

Game: North Carolina A&T (13-24, 7-8 MEAC) vs. Longwood Lancers (19-17)

When: Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. (Doubleheader)

Where: Charles Buddy Bolding Stadium, Farmville, Va.

When: Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. (Doubleheader)  

Where: War Memorial Stadium

Probable Starters (A&T vs Lancers):

LHP Estarlin Paulino (5-3, 3.90) vs. RHP Matt Gwaltney (0-4, 4.82)

RHP Tyler Boone (3-5, 4.14) vs. RHP Kyler Morgan (4-4, 3.44)

LHP Brent Moore (3-4, 3.91) vs. LHP Brandon Vick (5-1, 4.81)

TBD vs. RHP Zach Jordan (3-2, 5.59)

Must See: A&T getting back to their winning ways.  The Aggies look to snap their three-game skid this weekend as they enter into their final four games of the week. The Aggies will be playing a home-and-home doubleheader against Longwood. The Aggies will take on the Lancers 1 p.m., Saturday in Farmville, Va., for a twinbill, and will then host the Lancers for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m., on Sunday at War Memorial Stadium. This is nothing for these two teams. They played four consecutive games last year, and the Aggies went 2-2.  Overall, the Lancers are 26-9 against the Aggies in program history.      

Longwood Scouting Report: The 21-man return 13 letterwinners from last year's 28-18 club, including six position starters and six pitchers.  Longwood will be joining the Big South Conference on July 1, 2012.  The Lancers have competed as a Division I independent since 2007.  Justin Lacy is leading the team with a .411 average (53-for-129).  Robby Newman leads the team with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 39 RBI.  The Lancers are hitting .295 as a team with 112 extra-base hits and 217 runs scored.  Their pitching staff holds a team ERA of 4.75 with 104 walks, 375 hits and 208 strikeouts on the year.  

Longwood Probable Starters: On Saturday, the Lancers will be starting senior RHP Matt Gwaltney and junior RHP Kyler Morgan.  On Sunday, the Lancers will be starting freshman LHP Brandon Vick and freshman RHP Zach Jordan.   Gwaltney as six walks and 34 strikeouts on the year, and has allowed 66 hits.  Morgan has struck out 35 batters this season.  Vick has allowed 56 hits and 14 walks.  Jordan has made nine appearances, has walked seven and allowed 43 hits.  Opponents are hitting .305 off Longwood pitching this season.   

Swinging a Hot Bat:  Third baseman Luke Tendler is on a 10-game hitting streak entering into Saturday's twinbill, tying Dairio Little for the longest hitting streak by an A&T player this season.  Tendler is hitting .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, two  triples , four home runs and 16 RBI in that span.  First baseman Kelvin Freeman is also on a roll, taking a nine-game hitting streak into Saturday afternoon.  Freeman is batting .452 (19-for-42) with two doubles, five RBI and six runs in his streak.