North Carolina A&T (17-15, 7-4 MEAC) at N.C. Central (20-16, 6-6 MEAC)
Date(s): April 14-15, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday
Facility: Durham Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.)
Saturday, Apr. 14 – 1 p.m.
NCAT – Tim Luth, LHP, Jr. (3-1, 3.55 ERA)
NCCU – TBA
Saturday, Apr. 14 – 4 p.m.
NCAT – Marcello Betances, RHP, Sr. (1-4, 4.03 ERA)
NCCU – TBA
Sunday, Apr. 15 – 1 p.m.
NCAT – Michael Johnson, LHP, Jr. (4-0, 2.54 ERA)
NCCU – TBA
AGGIES OVERVIEW: The North Carolina A&T will begin a five-game road swing away from War Memorial Stadium starting this weekend at N.C. Central for a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) three-game weekend series beginning on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Aggies have won eight of their last nine games including five straight against MEAC opponents. N.C. A&T is coming off a 9-2 win over Appalachian State at home on Wednesday. Zach McLean had his third multiple-hit game of the season going 3-for-4 at the plate while scoring a career-high three runs. Left-hander Jonah Owenby improved to a 3-0 record by tossing 3.1 innings and striking out two. Over the weekend, the Aggies won a MEAC home series against Florida A&M moving into first place in the conference southern division with a 7-4 record. Marcello Betances earned his first win of the season in the second game of a doubleheader as the Aggies swept the two games. The third game of the series was postponed. The Aggies posted season highs in runs (13), RBI (12), home runs (3), triples (2) and total bases (30) smashing four home runs in the first inning of the second game against FAMU.
N.C. CENTRAL OVERVIEW: The Eagles enter the weekend on a five-game skid falling to Campbell 3-1 on Tuesday and 12-3 to Norfolk State on Wednesday in non-conference action. NCCU is in fourth place in the MEAC Southern Division. They lead the MEAC in base on balls, doubles, home runs, runs scored, slugging percentage and win-loss percentage. Carter Williams leads the conference in triples and total bases while Zach Michalski is both the home runs leader and RBI leader. Corey Joyce is the conference leader in doubles, slugging percentage, total bases and stolen bases. Jacob Raby is tops in base on balls. Chris Kernen has the lowest ERA and Devin Sweet is first in strikeouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio in the MEAC.
RIVERA NAMED MEAC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Milton Rivera was named MEAC co-player of the week for his performance during the week of April 2-8, helping the Aggies to a 3-1 record. He went a combined 8-for-17 (.417) for the week, hit two home runs, drove in four runs and scored five more runs. He homered and scored twice in helping the Aggies beat FAMU twice. Rivera went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a homer against Presbyterian before adding a 3-for-4 effort in the second game of the doubleheader against FAMU. Rivera also stole two bases during the week
News & Notes
Halfway through the college baseball season, the Aggies rank top-100 nationally in a number of categories: triples (51st/9), hits allowed per nine innings (52nd/7.97), stolen bases (53rd/44), double plays (65th/27), WHIP (73rd/1.35), earned run average (82nd/3.92).
N.C. A&T is ranked in the top-3 in the conference as a team and top-10 individually in a number of categories: As a team, the Aggies lead the MEAC in earned run average, hits allowed per nine innings, triples and in WHIP while ranking in the top-3 in double plays, doubles, doubles per game, fielding percentage, hits by pitch, home runs, home runs per game, runs, slugging percentage, triples per game, win-loss percentage and walks allowed per nine innings.
Individually, Marcello Betances and Michael Johnson are first and second in hits allowed per nine innings while Betances and Tim Luth are tied for third in games started. Johnson is first in earned run average and is second in both victories and WHIP. Josh Bottenfield is the conference leader and ranks third in the nation in pitching appearances. Adan Ordonez is first in the MEAC and fourth in the nation in toughest to strike out. Milton Rivera and Perry Hunt are in the top-5 in triples with Greg White ranking in the top-10 in both doubles and hit by pitch.
Myles Sowell is on a current eight-game hit streak and Forest Kimbrell is on a four-game streak. Milton Rivera, Greg White