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North Carolina A&T Softball (7-33, 4-8 MEAC) vs. N.C. Central (14-24, 5-7 MEAC)
Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28, 2018
1 p.m., doubleheader; 12 p.m.
Facility: Lady Aggies Softball Complex

Category Leaders Batting Average: Zadaisha Waddell (.363);
Slugging Percentage: Zadaisha Waddell (.468) On-base Percentage: Zadaisha Waddell (.431);
Runs Scored: Raven Gray (16) RBI: Stephanie Williams (20);
Doubles: Stephanie Williams (9) Triples: Stephanie Williams (2);
Home runs: Stephanie Williams, Mohagony Headen (2) Hits: Zadaisha Waddell (33);
Walks: Zadaisha Waddell (10) Stolen Bases: Zadia Davis (6);
ERA: Zadaisha Waddell (3.80) Strikeouts: Mohagony Headen (80)

AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T will be fighting for their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament-qualifying lives this weekend against their chief rival, N.C. Central. The Aggies will at least need to take two out three from the Eagles to be one of the four teams to earn a bid out of the MEAC Southern Division. The Aggies come into the weekend fifth place in the division after being swept by the Savannah State Tigers. The Eagles are in fourth-place at 5-7, while the Tigers are in third at 6-6. The Tigers need just one win in their three-game series with 1-25 S.C. State this weekend to clinch a spot in the tournament. The other possible scenario is if by chance SSU, NCCU and N.C. A&T finish 6-9 in the league, the Aggies would get in based on the fact they are the only team of the three to beat the top team in the league, Florida A&M. In either scenario, N.C. A&T will need two wins to get into the tournament, which is May 10-12 at Ormond Beach, Fla.

NCCU OVERVIEW: N.C. Central was boosted into challenging N.C. A&T for the fourth and final tournament bid out of the MEAC South by sweeping S.C. State last weekend in Orangeburg, S.C. The Eagles pitcher Courtney Mirabella earned all three wins in the circle for the Eagles. Mirabella was also a standout at the plate. She went 2-for-3 with three runs scored in the first game of the series. She drove in a run in a 4-2 win in Game 2 and in the series finale, Mirabella was 1-for-3. Mirabella will be tough to hit. She comes into the series with a 1.84 ERA. Ava Dolan is the leading hitter for NCCU. She leads the team with a .423 batting average that includes five doubles, nine home runs, a .750 slugging percentage and a .492 on-base percentage. She is also solid in the field with a .957 fielding percentage.

News & Notes

N.C. A&T pitcher/utility player Zadaisha Waddell is on track to lead the Aggies in batting and ERA for the second straight season among players who have played at least 75 percent of the Aggies games. Waddell is batting .363 and has an ERA of 3.80.

N.C. A&T’s best hitter with runners in scoring position is Waddell. Waddell is 16-for-39 (.410) with runners in scoring position. Sophomore Stephanie is also reliable with runners in scoring position, batting .300 (12-for-40).

The Aggies are pretty good in the late innings. N.C. A&T has outscored their opponents 25-8 in the seventh inning. The Aggies are also 4-1 when leading after six innings.

N.C. A&T comes into the three-game series with rival N.C. Central 10-3 against the Eagles under fifth-year head coach Kenya Peters. The Aggies were 3-1 against the Eagles last season.