Aggies Fall Short At Furman Despite Home Runs
GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 19, 2017) – North Carolina A&T senior right-hander Kaeson Wilson had a good outing for the Aggies, but Furman right-hander Matthew Quarles went the distance in a 7-3 Furman win over the Aggies Sunday afternoon in non-conference baseball play at Latham Stadium.
Wilson dropped to 1-2 on the season after going 6 1/3 innings. He was solid through five innings before the Paladins finally produced a big inning in the sixth. Quarles had a complete-game, nine-strikeout performance in 109 pitches made to improve to 2-1.
The Aggies (10-8) lost two out of three to the Paladins, but juniors Myles Sowell and Adan Ordonez had big weekends. Sowell went 3-for-4 on Sunday with an RBI and a run scored. He was 6-for-8 for the series including a double and a home run. He is hitting .508 on the season. Meanwhile, Ordonez extended his hitting streak to straight 10 games, the longest current streak on the team after White had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. Ordonez has also reached base in 16 straight games.
For the series, Ordonez was 7-for-12 (.583) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and a 1.333 slugging percentage after going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Both Sowell and Ordonez homered on Sunday.
Ordonez, who leads the MEAC in RBI, picked up one in the first inning as his single to left scored Brandon Melendez who had previously doubled. The Paladins tied the game at 1 in their half of the second on an RBI sacrifice fly from Sky Overton as Jason Costa scored after doubling and advancing to third on a groundout.
The game remained tied over the next three innings as Wilson looked strong against Paladin hitters. Quarles only allowed one hit between the second and sixth innings. A rally finally occurred in the home half of the sixth, but unfortunately it happened for the Paladins (10-8).
Wilson retired Landon Kay to open the inning, but two consecutive singles from Brandon Elmy and Costa put runners on first and second. Wilson and his defense put him one out away from making those singles meaningless when Jake Crawford flew out to left field for the second out. But Overton gave the Aggies a bludgeoning blow with a three-run homer to left-center field as the Paladins took a 4-1 lead.
The Paladins added to their lead in the seventh as a leadoff walk to Bret Huebner led to an RBI double by Carter Grote. Grote moved to third on the play to get Huebner at the plate. Grote was the last batter Wilson faced as he left the game for senior right-hander Bob Peck. Grote eventually scored on an RBI sac fly by Kay to give the Paladins a 6-1 lead.
Furman added another run in the eighth before the Aggies made some noise in the ninth as Sowell and Ordonez hit back-to-back home runs.
Another Southern Conference team awaits the Aggies 6 p.m., Tuesday as N.C. A&T faces crosstown rival UNC Greensboro in downtown Greensboro at First National Bank Field, home of the city’s minor league baseball team the Greensboro Grasshoppers.