NCCU misses chance to clinch share of MEAC South title

May. 09, 2014 @ 06:46 PM

With a chance to earn at least a share of the MEAC’s (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Southern Division crown, costly errors and missed opportunities were just enough for Savannah State to outlast North Carolina Central University 6-4 in the series finale on Friday afternoon at Tiger Baseball Field in Savannah, Ga.

NCCU (18-30-1, 12-11 MEAC) left eight runners on base and struck out nine times in the loss and found itself down 3-0 after three complete thanks to RBI singles from SSU’s Parker Nix and Hector Benitez in the bottom of the third.
 
Savannah State (20-29, 11-13 MEAC) shut down an Eagle scoring threat in the next inning after Kory Wood’s (Spring Lake, N.C.) eighth double of the year with one out on the board, as the next two batters flew out to end the frame.
 
Down 3-0, NCCU had one out and runners on first and second, the maroon and gray lined into a double play to end the threat.
 
In the bottom of the fifth, SSU plated three more runs to make it 6-0 after Nix and Zach Brigham both ripped two doubles, while second baseman Mike McHugh’s triple was the highlight of the frame.
 
The Eagles tried to muster up a rally in the top of the sixth by scoring their first two runs of the game with three straight hits, including Carter Williamson’s (Roanoke, Va.) RBI single to give him 40 on the year and helped cut the margin to 6-2, but the maroon and gray left the bases loaded in that frame.
 
In the top of the eighth, NCCU plated two more runs to cut the deficit to two at 6-4 that included an RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore James Dey (Charlotte, N.C.) to give him 21 RBI on the year.
 
After keeping SSU scoreless over the final three frames, the Eagles could not get over the hump as the Tigers held on for the 6-4 win.
 
Williamson was the lone Eagle to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.  The bottom four hitters in the NCCU lineup went a combined 1-for-14 at-the-plate.
 
The loss sends the maroon and gray to 3-19 since 2008 against Savannah State at Tiger Baseball Field.
 
Next up, NCCU heads down to Tallahassee, Fla. to resume their final matchup against Florida A&M on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Moore-Kittles Field.  When the contest starts back up, the Eagles will be ahead 6-0 in the top of the second inning with the bases loaded and two outs.  A win for the maroon and gray clinches second place in the Southern Division.


Savannah State 6, N.C. Central 4 (May 09, 2014 at Savannah, Ga.)

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N.C. Central........ 000 002 020  -  4  6  4      (18-30-1, 12-11 MEAC)

Savannah State...... 003 030 00X  -  6  7  3      (20-29, 11-13 MEAC)

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Pitchers: N.C. Central - KIMBER,Eric; DANDRIDGE,Alex(4) and DEY,James. Savannah State -

DOYLE,Ryan; GLASS,Ethan(5); MCCRANIE,Ryan(7); RICKS,Eric(8) and HOFFER,Aaron.

Win-DOYLE,Ryan(2-1)  Save-RICKS,Eric(3)  Loss-KIMBER,Eric(2-4)  T-2hr45min  A-70