Game: North Carolina A&T (20-35) at Delaware
State Hornets (37-16-1)
When: Saturday, May 19 at
approximately 3:30 PM
Where: Marty L. Miller
Field, Norfolk Va.
Aggies advanced to take on Delaware State in an elimination game on Saturday
afternoon in the MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament. The Aggies will need to win twice on Saturday
in order to advance to Sunday's final.
Once there, they have to win both games to capture their first MEAC
crown since 2005. A&T has their
offense running at a high level, having scored 32 runs on 29 hits in the last
13 innings at the plate. The Aggies have
eliminated both Coppin State and Norfolk State through the use of the MEAC
10-run rule in back-to-back games. The
Aggies will hope to continue to put pressure on opposing pitching staffs on
Saturday, and help take the pressure off their own.
the Aggies defeat Delaware State, they will play Maryland Eastern Shore in a match-up
on Saturday evening to determine who advances to the championship game.
Offense in the 2012
Aggies have seven batters hitting over .300 in the MEAC tournament. Left fielder Andre McKoy leads the way with a
.750 average (6-for-8) with a double and six RBI in three games. Third baseman Luke Tendler leads the team
with seven RBI in the tournament to date, while Kelvin Freeman has a pair of
doubles and six RBI to his credit. The Aggies
are hitting .381 as a team in the tournament with nine extra base hits, 35
runs, 31 RBI, 20 walks, 10 strikeouts and eight stolen bases.
The Hornets were 22-2 in the MEAC this season.
The Hornets had seven players earn all-conference honors, including the 2012
Player of the Year Ryan Haas and the 2012 MEAC Coach of the Year J.P. Blandin. Haas batted .361 with 21 doubles and 53 RBI
in the regular season. He is the third
DSU player to win Player of the Year in the last four seasons. The Hornets defeated Savannah State 10-8 in
the first round. The Hornets lost to
UMES 8-7 on Friday before eliminating N.C. Central 16-2 on Friday evening. DSU enters today's game batting .314 as a
team. The Hornet pitching staff has a
team ERA of 3.67 and an opposing batting average of .270.
Aggies vs. Hornets
Aggies are 17-12 against Delaware State since 2004. The Aggies lost to the Hornets 3-2 in their
last meeting, which was in the 2011 MEAC Tournament. The Aggies are 3-1 against Delaware State in
Tournament since 2005. The Aggies will
look to eliminate the Hornets from this year's tournament after being eliminated
by DSU in 2011.