Eagle-Nine Look For Consecutive Home Win Number Nine

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University returns to the Durham Athletic Park to finish a six-game home stand on Wednesday, March 25, as the Eagles look to lock up their ninth straight home win against Charleston Southern at 6:00 p.m.

NCCU (11-11, 6-5 MEAC) has been rolling at home recently. The Eagles grabbed a three-game sweep over Florida A&M on March 21-22 to tally win number six on the roll at the Durham Athletic Park, and eight within the Bull City going back to a doubleheader sweep of North Carolina A&T at Jack Coombs Field on March 2.

The Eagles last saw CSU March 11 when they rallied from four runs down to eventually win 12-10 in 10 innings in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sophomore catcher Conrad Kovalcik (Detroit, Mich.) supplied the game tying shot in the seventh inning to knot the game at 10, before Cory Williamson (Greensboro, N.C.) completed the comeback with a 2-RBI single in the top of the 10th inning.

Senior outfielder Ronald Thompson (Chadbourn, N.C.) earned MEAC Baseball Player of the Week honors hitting an impressive .538 over the past five games, plating seven after finishing the weekend with a 3-RBI blast to right field against FAMU.  Thompson also got it done on the base paths, swiping 5 bags over those five games. Senior first baseman Christian Triplett (Wilkesboro, N.C.) has really turned it on for the Eagles over the same time span, hitting .438 during the series with FAMU and Maryland Eastern Shore, mashing a pair of homers while driving in eight.

Charleston Southern (11-11, 3-3 Big South) have won just one of their last six, coming off a 1-0 loss on the road at Longwood on Sunday, March 22.  The Buccaneers currently have three players that have played all 22 games and are batting above .300, with 43 RBI split between them.  Senior catcher Andrew Widell (Valrico, Fla.) leads the team batting .371 with three homers and 19 RBI, and also leads in extra base hits, adding in nine doubles for a total of 12 hits of two bases or more.

After the game with CSU, the Eagles will head south for a three-game weekend set with Wofford before coming back home for a doubleheader with Virginia State on Wednesday, April 1.

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