MEAC Baseball Tournament: North Carolina A&T State Upends Norfolk State

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – North Carolina A&T State used the long ball, and took advantage of defensive miscues, Thursday evening in a 12-3 win over Norfolk State in the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championship at Sliwa Stadium.

The Aggies (30-23) advanced to Friday’s semifinal, where they will face either Florida A&M or Coppin State. N.C. A&T is one win away from tying the program single-season record for wins.

North Carolina A&T State got going early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Jarrett Norman got the scoring started with an RBI single before Dawnoven Smith scored on an error and Ryne Stanley singled home another run.

The Aggies scored on another error in the second to take a 4-0 lead, before pushing three more runs across in the bottom of the fourth. Forest Kimbrell started the scoring with an RBI single, before Smith singled home a run of his own.

Kimbrell later scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0 Aggies.

After the Spartans scored a run in the top of the fifth, the Aggies blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth. Kimbrell scored on an error before Zach McLean smacked a grand slam to left field to give North Carolina A&T State a 12-1 lead.

Norfolk State picked up two more runs, one on a Stephen Baughan bomb in the seventh.

McLean led the Aggies with four RBIs, and six Aggies had two hits apiece.

Tim Luth went seven innings, striking out four in picking up his sixth win of the season.

Norfolk State (19-29) fell to the elimination bracket, and the Spartans will face Bethune-Cookman at 9 a.m. in an elimination game.

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