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Binghamton Sweeps A&T

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 03/10/2013
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Freshman pitcher Kirby Whicker gets ready to unleash a pitch to home plate. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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GREENSBORO- The North Carolina A&T baseball team was shutout for the third time this season as the Binghamton Bearcats held the Aggies to three hits in Sunday's  13-0 series finale at War Memorial Stadium. 

Sophomore left fielder Dylan Hipp and senior catcher Eric Chiz each singled in the game for the Aggies, while senior Dairio Little doubled for the Aggies (4-11, 1-2 MEAC).  A&T had five players reach base in the game, but left two stranded.   Binghamton turned double plays to help eliminate the Aggies from advancing on the basepaths.

The Aggies tried a new defensive lineup in Sunday's game to see if they could cut down on the fielding errors that the team has had in the four-game series.  Junior Luke Tendler made his season debut at shortstop, where he spent half of the season in 2012, and freshman Jeovanny Tolentino played at second for the first time this season.  Little, who more often is found in right field, manned the hot corner.  Despite the changes, the Aggies still committed five errors in the contest. 

The Bearcats (8-4)totaled 15 hits in the contest, and were able to capitalize on early scoring opportunities.  Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the second on a two-run shot over the left field wall by designated hitter Shaun McGraw.   Binghamton added five runs on six hits in the top of the third.   A pair of RBI singles by centerfielder Mike Burnal and first baseman Jordon Smucker gave BU a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Right-hander Jamal Clark came on to pitch in the top of the fifth for the Aggies, and kept the Bearcats scoreless.  Little led off the bottom half of the inning with a double to left-center field.  But then BU starter Jack Rogalla retired the next three batters to end the threat. 

The Aggies had two batters reach base in the seventh and eighth frames, but were unable to bring them home.  A&T went down in order in the ninth. 

The Aggies will host Lehigh at 6 p.m., on Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium, before welcoming Bethune-Cookman to town for a three-game series.

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