Aggies Come Up Short In Montgomery
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (March 5, 2017) – North Carolina A&T concluded the Alabama State Tournament with a 4-3 loss against the hosting Hornets after falling to Loyola in the early afternoon game 14-0 at Barbara Williams Stadium in Montgomery.
Zadia Davis led the team from the plate, going for a combined 2-for-4 on the day followed by Talisha Jenkins who went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI, most of which came against Alabama State. From the circle, Zadashia Waddell threw a complete game against the Hornets, allowing one earned run and six hits.
Against Alabama State on Sunday, the Aggies tied things up against the Hornets in the third inning as Jenkins led off with a single to shortstop. A sacrifice bunt from Davis advanced the runner and another sacrifice bunt from Raven Gray moved Jenkins to third. A groundout to the pitcher from Lauren Dunlow put the Aggies on the board at 1-1.
Alabama State responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third to move ahead 3-1, but N.C. A&T did not let the Hornets hold the lead for long. In the top of the fourth, Jillian Nobles reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Waddell and Nathaly Pacheco got the Aggies first two outs of the inning, but a walk to Kimberly Brunson put runners on first and second. A wild pitch advanced the runners and a single to left center from Jenkins helped two Aggies cross the plate.
The game concluded as the Hornets scored in the bottom of the sixth on a fielding error from Gray at center field, and the Aggies were unable to add another score after three consecutive groundouts.
In the earlier matchup, Loyola moved ahead of N.C. A&T early and created a deficit the Aggies were unable to overcome. Three hits and an error in the first put the Ramblers up 3-0 and two more runs in the third increased the lead. The Aggies found themselves down after the fourth as Loyola scored eight on four hits and an error.
Offensively, freshman Stephanie Williams had a double in the second and N.C. A&T found themselves with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth after Davis singled to left and Brunson singled up the middle. A single from Pacheco loaded the bases with one out, but a pop up to third from Jenkins and a strike out from Gray brought the game to a close.
Next up for the Aggies (5-14-1) is Southern Mississippi on Wednesday March 8 before a Thursday doubleheader against Jackson State.