NCCU Eagles Break Modern Era Record In Win Over Iona

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University broke a modern era single-game record with 21 runs batted in during a series-opening 21-8 win over Iona on Friday, March 2 at the Durham Athletic Park.

Iona (2-5) scored first on a solo home run carried out to right field by the remarkably strong winds in the top of the first inning, but NCCU (7-3) jumped ahead in the bottom of the frame as it sent nine men to the plate to drive in four runs on four hits.

The Eagles really started separating themselves from the Gaels in the second inning when Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.) lifted a two-run shot for his fourth homer of the season to put the home team ahead, 6-1.

In the ensuing four innings, the Eagles sent 35 men to the plate and scored 15 runs on 13 hits.  Andrew Valichka (Pedricktown, N.J.) and Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.) took turns clearing the bases as Valichka picked up a three-RBI double in the third inning, and Williams drove in three on a triple in the fourth frame.

Valichka added another double in the fifth for two more RBI on the way to totaling a game-high five RBI in a frame that was started by a leadoff solo blast from Mitchell McCrary (Mills Creek, N.C.).

Timmy Fischvogt (Kernersville, N.C.) had phenomenal day as he went 5-for-5 with three RBI, driving in teammate Dominic Cuevas (Gurnee, Ill.) with each of his first three hits.  Williams drove in four RBI for the Eagles, and Jacob Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) brought home two from the leadoff spot on two hits and three walks, along with three runs scored.

The Eagles continue the weekend series with Iona on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park.  Admission is free.

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