Baseball Is In Must-Win Situation This Weekend
Game: Savannah State Tigers (17-27, 9-9 MEAC) vs. North Carolina A&T (13-32, 7-11 MEAC)
When: Saturday, May 5 at 1
Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m., Senior Day
Where: War Memorial Stadium
Probable Starters (A&T vs. Tigers):
LHP Estarlin Paulino (5-4, 3.97) vs. RHP Kyle
McGowin (6-2, 2.35)
RHP Tyler Boone (3-6, 4.50) vs. RHP Tommy Freeman (0-7, 6.91)
LHP Brent Moore (3-5, 3.90) vs. RHP Shawn Gallagher (2-2, 4.50)
It's Aggie Nation's last chance to see the A&T baseball team play at home this season, as they host the Savannah State Tigers in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday. The Aggies will be looking to close out the season strong at home and to extend their win streak against the Tigers. The Aggies swept the Tigers in a doubleheader in their last meeting on April 1. If the Aggies can sweep this series, they will move ahead of the Tigers in the MEAC Southern Division. The Aggies are currently in fourth place with a 7-11 record in conference play. The Aggies need to play well against Savannah State and also fare well against Florida A&M the following weekend to secure a berth in the MEAC tournament.
Aggies versus Tigers
The Aggies are 20-5 against Savannah State since 2004, and won 13 straight games from 2006-10. The Aggies went 2-3 against SSU last season. The Aggies are 2-1 against SSU this season. The Aggies look to build upon their success in this series.
The Tigers were picked to finish third in the conference by MEAC sports information directors and head coaches. SSU, who is in its first season in the MEAC, saw sophomores Joseph McCrary and Peter Poole were named to the preseason All-MEAC team. Pitchers Rexford Davis and Uriah Virgo were named MEAC Pitcher of the Week and MEAC Rookie of the Week respectively on March 27. Kyle McGowin earned MEAC Pitcher of the Week on April 23. The Tigers are hitting .250 as a team with 201 runs on 329 hits (77 for extra bases). Their pitching staff holds a 5.78 team ERA with 161 walks and 233 strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting .290 against Tigers pitching this season.
The Tigers will start Kyle McGowin in Game 1, Tommy Freeman in Game 2 and Shawn Gallagher in Game 3. McGowin has nine walks and 78 strikeouts. He has three complete games and two shutouts in 13 games this season. Freeman has made 10 starts and walked 23 men, while fanning 19. Gallagher has made 18 appearances with two starts, 15 walks and 23 strikeouts to date.
Luke Tendler will be looking to extend his hitting streak past 18 games this weekend, which is a career-long streak for him, and also matches the longest hitting streak by an A&T player since Marquis Riley hit in 18 consecutive games in 2010 as a sophomore.
Prior to Sunday's game, the Aggies will be honoring the careers of outfielder Carvell Copeland, infielder Michael Radford, infielder Marquis Riley and left-handed pitcher Estarlin Paulino.