Aggies Baseball Returns to NCAA Tourney
No. 4 North Carolina A&T (32-23) at No. 1 North Carolina (38-18)
Date(s): June 1, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. Friday
Facility: Boshamer Stadium (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Starters: A&T: RHP Tim Luth (6-2, 3.55 ERA) vs. RHP Cooper Criswell (4-2, 3.19 ERA)
Chapel Hill Regional
Friday, June 1
2 p.m. – No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 N.C. A&T (GM 1)
7 p.m. – No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Houston (GM 2)
Saturday, June 2
1 p.m. – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (GM 3)
6 p.m. – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (GM 4)
Sunday, June 3
1 p.m. –Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (GM 5)
6 p.m. – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (GM 6)
Monday, June 4
4 p.m. – Rematch of Game 6 (if necessary) (GM 7)
AGGIES OVERVIEW: North Carolina A&T baseball captured the No. 4 seed at the NCAA baseball tournament’s Chapel Hill Regional, beginning Friday, June 1, and earned its second postseason appearance in school history. The Aggies are 0-2 in the NCAA tournament falling to Clemson and Oral Roberts in 2005. N.C. A&T opened the season 5-10 but went 27-13 over their last 40 games including a 3-0 sweep through the MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament to win the title for the first time in 13 years. The Aggies also claimed the MEAC Southern Division title, broke the school record for wins and the school record for conference wins (16).
WHO’S HOT: In his last 10 games, Aggies junior outfielder Dawnoven Smith is hitting .459 with nine doubles, three home runs, 19 RBI, a .946 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage … Two other Aggies are hitting better than .375 over the last 10 games including seniors Greg White (.429) and Milton Rivera (.429) and Myles Sowell (.375). Sowell also has six stolen bases in his last 10 games … The Aggies as a team are hot … The Aggies have scored double-figure runs in six out of their last eight games, in one of the games they scored nine runs … The Aggies are hitting .339 over that period with 102 runs scored, 99 hits, 18 doubles, 14 home runs, 83 RBI, a .565 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage … The Aggies are 7-1 in their last eight games
AGGIES VS. THE CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL: N.C. A&T joins North Carolina, Purdue
AGGIE QUICK HITS:
N.C. A&T as a team is ranked in the top-100 in the country in a number of categories: 50th in both stolen bases (76) and in stolen bases per game (1.38), 64th in hit by pitch (69), 68th in hits allowed per nine innings (8.52), 70th in scoring (6.3), 75th in ERA (4.02), 80th in triples (14), 86th in triples per game (0.25), 95th in WHIP (1.40), 90th in win-loss percentage (0.582) and 97th in slugging percentage (.407).
Zach McLean was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player compiling a 1.250 slugging percentage knocking in 11 RBI and three home runs. he went 3-for-4 with five RBI against Bethune-Cookman.
Dawnoven Smith is the conference leader in doubles (18), doubles per game (0.39), runs per game (1.00) and slugging percentage (0.601). He is also second in RBI (0.96), seventh in both batting average (.335) and hit by pitch per game (0.26) and is eighth in hit by pitch (12). Smith was named to the All-MEAC First Team and to the all-tournament team with Smith scoring five runs on five hits and doubled in each game. Rivera registered two hits in each game and tripled against Norfolk State scoring two runs.
Myles Sowell made the all-tournament team leading the Aggies during their championship run batting .545, an on-base percentage of .615 and was tied for first in runs scored with six. Against Coppin State, Sowell went 4-for-4 with an RBI triple. He ranks tied for third in the conference in triples (4).
Milton Rivera is tied for third in the conference in triples (4) and was named to the all-tournament team. Rivera registered two hits in each game and tripled against Norfolk State scoring two runs.
Adan Ordonez is the conference leader in toughest to strikeout (24.7).
AJ Hunt leads the Aggies in on-base percentage (.432) and in walks (32) while ranking second in slugging percentage (.500), runs scored (45), hits (60) and tied for second in home runs (6).
Greg White is the team leader in hits (69), games played (54) and
Forest Kimbrell is eighth in the conference in stolen bases (19).
Tim Luth is the Aggie pitching leader in innings pitched (88.2) and games started (15). He ranks second on the team in ERA (3.55), opposing batting average (.240), wins (6) and strikeouts (54).
Josh Bottenfield is both the national and MEAC leader in pitching appearances (38).
Michael Johnson is second in the conference in victories (7). He leads the Aggies in ERA (.327), runs allowed (39) and walks (22). Johnson is second in innings pitched (71.2).
Marcello Betances is second in hits allowed per nine innings (7.05) and fourth in hit batters (14).
Leon Hunter is fourth in the MEAC in pitching appearances (26).