EAST GREENSBORO – Five Aggies had multiple-hit games and once again the Aggies pitching staff combined to put together another solid performance.
Those two elements led the North Carolina A&T baseball team to earn their second victory over the N.C. Central Eagles in as many days as the Aggies came away with a 10-3 win Saturday afternoon at Durham Athletic Park.
Juniors Dustin Baber, Zach McLean
N.C. A&T (9-5, 2-0 MEAC) earned its fourth straight win with the victory.
After the Aggies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Eagles (5-10, 0-2 MEAC) tied the game in the third inning off junior starter Evan Gates (RHP). They earned the two runs off an RBI single from Corey Joyce and another one from Carter Williams.
The Aggies offense took over from there. King scored on a fielding error in the fifth to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead. An NCCU throwing error and a wild pitch provided the Aggies with two runs in the sixth inning for a 5-2 lead. Baber delivered a two-run RBI single in the seventh to increase the lead to five.
A prosperous eighth inning left no doubt. NCCU reliever Myles Coston opened the inning by hitting Smith with an 0-2 pitch. Junior Shane Faulk then hit a one-out double to right center to put two runners in scoring position for sophomore Justin Williams who hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left to score Smith.
Baber walked to load the bases for junior Ryne Stanley. Stanley responded by belting a 2-0 pitch to left center to score Baber and Faulk for a 10-2 Aggies lead.
The Aggies were in great shape considering their bullpen has been excellent thus far. Senior Walfrank Pineiro did give up a run in the eighth but the Aggies bullpen used four relievers to pitch four innings where they gave up four hits and just one walk. The bullpen helped Gates earn the win after he went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits while striking out seven to improve to 2-0.
N.C. A&T will go after the sweep 1 p.m., Sunday when the two teams play the series finale at Durham Athletic Park.