BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – A walk-off RBI double did the North Carolina A&T softball team in Thursday night in the first game of a doubleheader played at Gardner-Webb’s Brinkley Stadium.
The Aggies lost Game 1 to Gardner-Webb 7-6 before losing the second game, 10-2 in five innings. The two games were makeup games rescheduled after inclement weather forced the teams to postpone what would have been the Aggies season-opener in February.
Senior Zadaisha Waddell drove in three runs while senior Zadia Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Eternal Fuller scored twice.
N.C. A&T (8-19) took a two-run lead in the seventh inning of the first game as Fuller walked and Davis singled to put runners on first and second. Waddell then reached on an error which allowed Fuller to score to give the Aggies a 6-4 lead.
With sophomore Hailee Cutts in the circle going into the home seventh, however, GWU’s Annamarie Warley started the Runnin’ Bulldogs comeback with a leadoff double. Autumn Owen followed with an RBI double to score Warley to cut the Aggies lead to 6-5.
Owen tied the game at 6 when Brooke Perry reached on a throwing error and moved into scoring position at second. Jenna Wacaster took advantage with her walk-off RBI double to give the Bulldogs the win.
Waddell got the start for the Aggies and went six innings and gave up four runs and struck out two. Cutts (3-4) took the loss in relief. Laken Myers was the starter for GWU while Reah Barger (4-2) got the win in relief.
A five-run fifth gave the Aggies a big advantage in Game 1. The Aggies came into the fifth inning trailing 2-0 before sophomore Samantha Ramirez and Nikki Varela walked to get the Aggies going. After Alyssa Smith harmlessly flew out to right field, the throw back into the infield got away allowing pinch runner Tivonia Cole to score the Aggies first run.
Vivica Boyd was third Aggie to walk in the inning to put runners on first and second. The walk led to the Bulldogs turning to Madi Lewis in the circle. Lewis unleashed a wild pitch to move Boyd and Varela to second and third. Valera was thrown at home on a Mohagony Headen groundball, but Fuller walked to load the bases.
Another walk surrendered by GWU, this time to Davis, forced in a run to tie the game at 2. Waddell then delivered the innings’ biggest blow with a three-run RBI double to give the Aggies a 5-2 lead.
GWU (23-15) scored two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4 going into the seventh. Owen had a three-hit game in Game 1.
Waddell went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the second game. Varela went 2-for-3.
GWU jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second game before the Aggies got on the board with an RBI single from Fuller in the fourth inning. Waddell homered in the fifth to cut the GWU lead to 7-2 but the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the fifth to end the game early thanks to run rule.
Headen (1-11) took the loss in the circle while Barger (5-2) got the win. Lauren Huffman drove in three runs. The Aggies return to action Tuesday, April 9 when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C., to face Western Carolina in a 3 p.m., doubleheader.