NCCU Baseball Heads To Greensboro For Pivotal Clash With Aggies

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University currently sits third within the Southern Division of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and can move into second with a series win over North Carolina A&T State University this weekend.NCCU

 

NCCU (12-16, 6-5 MEAC) will visit War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro for a three-game set starting with a doubleheader this Friday, April 3 beginning at 1:00 p.m. with game two scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and play the finale Saturday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m. as well.

The Eagles have hit a rough spot over the past few games, winning just one of their last six when they defeated Virginia State 14-1 on April 1 at the Durham Athletic Park.

NCCU has won its last five conference games, however, with an interdivision doubleheader sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore on March 18, and a three-game divisional sweep of Florida A&M over the weekend of March 21-22.

NCCU sophomore outfielder Carlos Ortiz (Cleveland, Ohio) has been swinging a hot bat lately, hitting a staggering .526 (10-19) at the plate over the last five games, recording two hits in each outing against Wofford on March 27-29 and Virginia State on April 1.  In the process, Ortiz has clobbered three home runs, including hitting one in both games of the doubleheader against VSU. He has also plated four Eagles while touching home six times himself, slugging an unbelievable .895.  With the two-homer day, he’s powered himself into third in the MEAC in home runs with four.  Ortiz has been a steady contributor, currently riding a 10-game hitting streak going back to the second game of the doubleheader against UMES when he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

NC A&T (3-23, 1-10 MEAC) comes into the weekend series on a seven-game losing streak, with its last win against Savannah State by a score of 10-6 on March 22, the Aggies lone conference win.  Though the Aggies haven’t been on the right side of the score for that stretch, during their past two games they’ve tallied 19 runs in losses to Gardner-Webb (17-9) and Appalachian State (12-10) on March 31 and April 1, respectively.

The Aggies have been led at the plate by senior outfielder Brandon Wilkerson (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshman infielder Adan Ordonez (Clermont, Fla.), who are currently fifth and sixth in the conference in batting average, hitting .352 and .348 respectively.  Wilkerson finds himself sixth in the conference in RBI driving in 17, while Ordonez is tied for second in doubles with seven, making a formidable tandem in the batting order.

 

The weekend series will be broadcasted live on the NCCU Sports Network at NCCUEaglePride.com.

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