N.C. A&T Aggies grab Round One win at MEAC Baseball Tournament in action again today at 2pm

Posted by Andy Durham on May 21, 2010 at 11:51 am under College | Comments are off for this article

from the N.C. A&T Aggies athletics web site(www.ncataggies.com):

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., — North Carolina A&T sophomore Marquis Riley extended his hitting streak to 18 games by singling through the left side in the eighth inning for a game-winning RBI as the Aggies defeated Coppin State 5-3 Thursday afternoon in the first game of the 2010 MEAC Tournament at Jackie Robinson Park.

The Aggies (29-24) will advance to play at 2 p.m., on Friday(Today). The Eagles (13-32) will play Friday morning at 10. Coppin State’s Mark Reynoso went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Dan Gleiberman was 2-for-2 with an RBI single. A&T designated hitter Nick Rogers(Northwest Guilford HS) led the Aggies with a 3-for-4 performance that included two runs scored, two RBIs and a solo home run.

With the game tied at 3, Rogers led off the Aggies eighth with a single to left field. Runners were placed on first and second when Coppin State starter Tim Pomierski hit Xavier Macklin with an 0-1 pitch. Riley then stepped up and drove a Pomierski fastball to left for a 4-3 Aggies lead.

After Macklin and Riley moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, MEAC Rookie of the Year Kelvin Freeman added an insurance run for A&T with a sacrifice fly to left that scored Macklin.

The Eagles were able to put two runners on in the ninth, but Aggies reliever Garrett Braun got Dwight Robinson to fly out to center field to end the game. Braun earned his sixth save of the season. Brent Moore (6-4) picked up the win in relief. Pomierski (4-7) went eight solid innings and struck out four.

The Eagles led the game until the sixth when two throwing errors on a Riley single allowed him to go third. Rogers took advantage by singling to left field to tie the game at 2. The Aggies took the lead for the first time when George Hines doubled home pinch-runner Andre McKoy in the seventh.

A&T’s lead didn’t last long. A half swing by Chris Kashangaki resulted in a groundball that died on the infield grass for a base hit. Reynoso scored from third on the play to tie the game at 3 going into the Aggies’ eighth.

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