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Aggies Eliminates NCCU, Advances to Play DSU

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – North Carolina A&T stayed alive in the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship Tournament Friday morning with a 6-3 win over archrival North Carolina Central at Ormond Beach Complex.

In victory, the Aggies eliminated the Eagles (13-30) from the tournament. It was the Aggies third win over the Eagles in four tries this season. N.C. A&T advanced to play Delaware State in a 3 p.m. elimination game. Four Aggies had two-hits games including junior Talisha Jenkins and sophomores Alexandria Simmons, Mohagony Headen and Zadia Davis. Headen also drove in two runs and earned the win in the circle to improve to 9-15 overall and 2-0 in the tournament.

The Aggies (18-29-1) took control of the game in the fourth inning. With the Eagles leading 1-0, Simmons reached on a one-out infield single. Jenkins followed with an RBI double to left field to score Simmons and Stephanie Williams complemented Jenkins' RBI double with one of her own to give the Aggies a 2-1 advantage. An Eagles mistake led to the Aggies next run as Gray tried to sacrifice herself to move the Williams to third. But after NCCU pitcher Dominique Wilson fielded Gray's bunt, she threw the ball away, allowing Williams to score and Gray to advance to second.

An infield single by Davis kept the inning going for senior Kimberly Brunson's infield single which loaded the bases for Headen. Headen doubled home two runs to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead before junior Nathaly Pacheco singled through the right side to put the Aggies ahead by five.

After taking the big lead, the Aggies turned to sophomore Zadaisha Waddell to handle matters in the circle. Waddell only allowed one runner over the first two innings she pitched. The Eagles did rally in the seventh with back-to-back one-out singles from Ryann Kostandin and Wilson. Kostandin scored on a throwing error after Wilson was eliminated from the base paths on a fielder's choice. Jennifer Allison then singled to put Ava Dolan on third with two outs. Dolan, who reached on the fielder's choice, eventually scored on another Aggies error to move the Eagles to within three.

But Waddell settled in to get Danyelle Noland to ground out to advance the Aggies.