SAVANNAH, Ga. – Senior Tim Luth put together another strong pitching performance within Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play and junior Cam Williamson provided the offense as the North Carolina A&T baseball team downed the Savannah State Tigers 5-1 in the first game of a three-game MEAC series at Tiger Field on Friday.
Luth went (7-2) improved to 5-0 against MEAC teams by going 7 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and only four hits surrendered. The only run Luth surrendered came late in the game as he was trying to approach a complete game. Senior Leon Davidson did finish the game for N.C. A&T on the mound as he pitched an inning and a third to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Williamson went 3-for-5 and scored twice while junior Jarrett Norman went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Seniors Jason King and Dawnoven Smith also had two hits apiece.
Smith helped the Aggies get on the board early with a two-out single in the first inning. That was followed by a Williamson single. Savannah State starter Luis Torres-Lopez then walked the bases loaded with a base on balls to Ryne Stanley.
Norman brought two of those runs home with a two-run RBI single to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead. The Aggies (24-20, 12-6 MEAC) did not score again until their sixth.
With runners on second and third thanks to a single from Williamson and a double from Norman, Torres-Lopez tossed a wild pitch that allowed both Aggies to score for a 4-0 advantage.
Luth, who retired the first nine batters he faced, ran into a little trouble in the eighth. He gave up a leadoff single t o Austin Adams before hitting Yan Mastin with a pitch. Adams moved to third on a Jalen Atterbury flyball. Adams came on an RBI sacrifice fly from Joseph Roberson to make it a 4-1 game.
With two outs in the eighth, Davidson entered the game to face Luis LaMarche. Davidson struck out LaMarche to end the inning.
N.C. A&T added a run in the ninth on an RBI sac fly from Smith that plated junior Dustin Baber who walked to reach base. Davidson retired the Tigers in order in the home ninth to secure the win for N.C. A&T.
Torres-Lopez (1-4) took the loss. Atterbury led the Tigers with two hits.