North Carolina Central Sports Information
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina Central University opened baseball conference play with a doubleheader sweep of North Carolina A&T (8-6, 6-3) on Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro.
NCCU (12-3, 2-0 MEAC) has now won seven consecutive games. The Eagles are off to their best start in the baseball program’s modern era, and received their first-ever votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 Poll earlier this week.
Sophomore second baseman Corey Joyce extended his hit streak to 10 games with a pair of hits in each contest, along with three RBI. Joyce is now batting .448 on the season with seven doubles and four home runs.
Fellow NCCU sophomore Carter Williams contributed three hits and scored four times in the doubleheader. Williams, who now has three doubles, three triples and three home runs this year, tripled in game one and crushed a cushion-adding, two-run home run in the seventh inning of the nightcap.
Senior Andrew Valichka tallied three hits on Friday and crossed the plate four times, twice in each contest.
Senior first baseman Zach Michalski and senior outfielder Evan Holland each belted critical home runs in the sixth inning of game one for the Eagles. Michalski finished the opener with a double and a solo home run, while Holland registered three RBI on the day.
Senior pitchers Devin Sweet (2-0) and Jonathan Figueroa (3-0) each picked up victories, while juniors Justice Sampsonand Chris Kernen earned saves. Sweet struck out nine batters in 6.2 innings of action to bring his season total to a MEAC-high 36 strikeouts.
The Eagles and Aggies (4-10, 0-2 MEAC) will meet again on the diamond on Saturday, March 10 at 1 p.m. inside War Memorial Stadium.