North Carolina A&T State Defeats Delaware State In Extra Innings
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Both North Carolina A&T State and Delaware State left everything on the diamond as it took 10 innings and nearly three hours of action before the Aggies crossed home three runs in the 10th to advance to round two.
North Carolina A&T State overcame a slow start offensively as they were held hitless for nine innings. It took a DSU throwing error in the 10th for A&T to come alive as leadoff batter Zadia Davis reached on a throwing error. A&T hit a pair of singles following the error with the latter an RBI single from Kimberly Brunson. After a sac bunt, Alexandria Simmons drove in the game's second run via an RBI single followed by Mohagany Headen's RBI single for the 3-0 advantage.
Aggie relief pitcher Mohagany Headen started the bottom of the 10th with two quick outs but ran into trouble as Delware State posted consecutive singles to bring the tying run to the plate. However, Headen held on despite the trouble as she forced a game-ending popout.
Delaware State had several opportunites to score throughout the contest with runners left on third for five consecutive innings. In the bottom of the seventh, DSU attempted to score from third after a muffed throw but was thrown out at the plate. In the eighth, DSU loaded the bases with no outs but failed to capitalize followed by a leadoff double in the ninth.
Jordan Casey was 2-for-4 at the plate while five Aggies had hits. Headen picked up the win in relief with five strikeouts in three innings while Zadaisha Waddell led A&T with seven strikeouts.
N.C. A&T State will play Florida A&M at 7 p.m. while Delaware State moves on to face Coppin State at 4:30 p.m.