NCCU Eagle-Nine Breaks Single-Game Hit Record In Doubleheader Sweep Over Savannah State

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – North Carolina Central University knocked 43 total hits over the doubleheader, including a modern era record 26 hits in game two as the Eagles swept both games over Savannah State, 10-1 and 19-1 on Saturday, March 25 at Tiger Field.

19 runs in game two is also the second-most runs in a game in the modern era for NCCU (12-11, 4-4 MEAC).

GAME ONE:
Junior Zach Michalski (Belews Creek, N.C.) accounted for four RBI while going 4-for-4 for NCCU in the 10-1 win.  The Eagles didn’t allow SSU (9-14, 0-5 MEAC) to score until the bottom of the ninth.

Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) and Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) both had two RBI and two hits apiece, and Jake Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) went 3-for-4 and touched home twice with an RBI of his own.

The biggest inning for the Eagles was the top of the ninth, when NCCU struck for five runs to go ahead 10-0.  Michalski started the scoring with a two RBI single to left field, and three batters later Williams singled up the middle for an additional two RBI.  The final tally for the Eagles came from Joyce on an RBI double, NCCU’s only extra base hit of the game.

Devin Sweet (Greensboro, N.C.) earned the win by tossing seven complete innings with four strikeouts and five hits without an earned run.

GAME TWO:
The Eagles used the same formula to build up an early lead over the Tigers, going ahead 4-0 through the first three innings.  Joyce opened the scoring in game two with a two-RBI single in the second, and then NCCU got two more runs in the third on an error and a single from Dominic Cuevas (Gurnee, Ill.).

The big hit of the game came in the top of the sixth as Cuevas ripped a bases-clearing three-RBI triple down the left field line to put the Eagles ahead 10-1.

The Eagles didn’t stop there, as they tallied nine runs in the top of the seventh on eight hits, started by a three-run smash from Raby to right field.  NCCU also strung together four run-producing at bats with a walk, two singles, and a two-RBI double from Raby to collect five RBI in the seventh inning alone.

Landon Fraley (Albemarle, N.C.) pitched his way out of a few tough situations during the contest, picking up strikeouts and double plays with runners in scoring position to keep the Tigers in check.  He threw six full innings with just one earned run with five strikeouts and five hits allowed.

The Eagles will look for the weekend sweep on Sunday, March 26 with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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