GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T softball team could not seem to get its offense going on Friday as it dropped a pair of games on the opening day of the Charleston Southern tournament in South Carolina at CSU softball field.
The Aggies (3-3) opened the tournament with an 8-3 loss to UNC Wilmington. A&T dropped its second game, 10-1 to Charleston Southern (6-3).
In the opening game, the Seahawks (3-1) struck first and took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. UNCW continued to drive in runs and led 7-0 in the fourth inning.
A&T was able to get some runs on the board in the sixth inning when Syerra Askew led off the inning by reaching on a Seahawk error. A sac bunt by Alexiss Dominguez put pinch runner Kailyn Moore on second as Raven Gray used an infield single to put Aggie runners on first and third. Janika May’s single to left field gave A&T its first run of the game. Raven Smith kept the rally going with a double down the right field line to drive in a pair of runs as A&T trailed 7-3.
UNCW responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth. The Aggies were unable to mount a comeback in the seventh inning as they were led by Zebresha Blakeney and Gray who finished with two hits each. May (1-1) gave up 13 hits and recorded one strikeout in the loss.
In its second game against Charleston Southern, the Aggies were plagued by costly errors. A&T was only able to score one run in the fifth inning after trailing 8-0. A RBI single to right-center field from Askew drove in Blakeney who reached on a hit to center field, followed up by a double from Dasia Moore. CSU’s offense only recorded eight hits to A&T’s seven but the Bucs were able to key in on timely hits.
Gray led A&T’s offense and was 2-for-2. Maiven McKnight fell to 2-2 in the cirle and struck out one batter in the loss.
A&T wraps up the CSU tournament on Saturday, Feb. 21 with games against Tennessee Tech and Charleston Southern beginning at 11 a.m.