Game: North Carolina A&T (20-35) at Delaware State Hornets (37-16-1)
When: Saturday, May 19 at approximately 3:30 PM
Where: Marty L. Miller Field, Norfolk Va.
The Aggies advanced to take on Delaware State in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon in the MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament. The Aggies will need to win twice on Saturday in order to advance to Sunday's final. Once there, they have to win both games to capture their first MEAC crown since 2005. A&T has their offense running at a high level, having scored 32 runs on 29 hits in the last 13 innings at the plate. The Aggies have eliminated both Coppin State and Norfolk State through the use of the MEAC 10-run rule in back-to-back games. The Aggies will hope to continue to put pressure on opposing pitching staffs on Saturday, and help take the pressure off their own.
If the Aggies defeat Delaware State, they will play Maryland Eastern Shore in a match-up on Saturday evening to determine who advances to the championship game.
Offense in the 2012
The Aggies have seven batters hitting over .300 in the MEAC tournament. Left fielder Andre McKoy leads the way with a .750 average (6-for-8) with a double and six RBI in three games. Third baseman Luke Tendler leads the team with seven RBI in the tournament to date, while Kelvin Freeman has a pair of doubles and six RBI to his credit. The Aggies are hitting .381 as a team in the tournament with nine extra base hits, 35 runs, 31 RBI, 20 walks, 10 strikeouts and eight stolen bases.
The Hornets were 22-2 in the MEAC this season. The Hornets had seven players earn all-conference honors, including the 2012 Player of the Year Ryan Haas and the 2012 MEAC Coach of the Year J.P. Blandin. Haas batted .361 with 21 doubles and 53 RBI in the regular season. He is the third DSU player to win Player of the Year in the last four seasons. The Hornets defeated Savannah State 10-8 in the first round. The Hornets lost to UMES 8-7 on Friday before eliminating N.C. Central 16-2 on Friday evening. DSU enters today's game batting .314 as a team. The Hornet pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.67 and an opposing batting average of .270.
Aggies vs. Hornets
The Aggies are 17-12 against Delaware State since 2004. The Aggies lost to the Hornets 3-2 in their last meeting, which was in the 2011 MEAC Tournament. The Aggies are 3-1 against Delaware State in Tournament since 2005. The Aggies will look to eliminate the Hornets from this year's tournament after being eliminated by DSU in 2011.