NCCU elminated at MEAC baseball tournament

May. 17, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

N.C. Central University dropped the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader Friday and was eliminated from the double-elimination MEAC Baseball Championship tournament here.

The Eagles, who finish the season at 27-29 were eliminated by No. 2 seed Bethune-Cookman 7-3 in the nightcap after eliminating Norfolk State 12-6 Friday afternoon at Marty Miller Field here.

Details were not available from the nightcap in time for today’s paper.

In the opener Friday, NCCU scored at least one run in seven of nine innings.

NCCU got on the board in the first on an RBI single by Carter Williamson, scoring Tyson Simpson, who’d doubled.

In the second, James Dey tripled, Spencer Franceschetti reached on an error and NCCU went up 3-0 on Luis Diaz’s two-run triple. It was the second of four hits on the day by Diaz.

The lead didn’t last as Norfolk state scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third, chasing NCCU starter Jordan Quinn, to take a 5-3 lead.

But Franceschetti led off the fourth with a double and scored on a Simpson sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-4.

With reliever Michael Romano holding the Spartans at bay, NCCU tied the game at 5 in the top of the fifth on Dey’s two-out RBI single. NCCU’s Troy Marrow blased a three-run home run in the sixth to put NCCU up 8-5 and added a pair in the eighth on an error. Diaz followed that with his second double of the day to drive in the final two runs for NCCU.

Romano (3-9) earned the win for the Eagles, working seven innings and allowing only an unearned run on four hits while striking out five.

7.0 innings allowing only one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts.

Diaz went 4-for-5 to lead the NCCU offensive attack with a triple, two doubles and four RBI.