North Carolina Central Sports Information
HIGH POINT, N.C. – North Carolina Central University recorded a season-high 18 hits and capitalized on errors to defeat High Point, 11-5 on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Willard Stadium.
NCCU (2-7) got going early as it scored two runs with two outs in the top of the first on a single from Vinny Bailey (Raleigh, N.C.) and a double from Myles Coston (Pittsburg, Calif.) to take a 2-0 lead after the first half inning.
HPU (5-4) halved the deficit on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles added to the lead in the top of the second, again with two outs. Tim Fischvogt (Kernersville, N.C.) and Cameron Norgren (Cary, N.C.) both reached on singles, and then scored on a two-run error to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead after two frames.
NCCU took advantage of more defensive errors in the top of the third as it scored four runs on four hits and two errors, started on a two-RBI single by Carter Williams (Brown Summit, N.C.). Jordan Varela-Payne (Raleigh, N.C.) also came through with a big two-RBI single during that frame.
The Eagles flipped the power switch again in the top of the sixth as Luis DeLeon (Providence, R.I.) crushed a two-run homer to left center for his second home run of the year to send NCCU ahead, 11-1. DeLeon now has six extra base hits in his last six games, and is carrying an eight-game hit streak.
HPU threatened to record a big inning in the bottom of the fourth as it loaded the bases, but Ryan Decker (Fletcher, N.C.) was able to induce an inning ending double play to keep the Eagles in front, 8-1.
HPU pulled three runs back in the bottom of the sixth, all coming on a home run from Sam Zayicek (Mooresville, N.C.). The Panthers added one more on a delayed double steal at the end of the seventh inning to send the score to 11-5,
Bailey went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Eagles, and Williams had three hits with two RBI. Coston also had three hits including a double and one RBI.
Zayicek led HPU at the plate, and Dawson Place (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.) had a good showing in relief with four strikeouts over 2.2 innings pitched.
With 18 team hits the Eagles tied for the sixth most in a game in the modern era, as NCCU last reached that mark at Florida A&M on April 28, 2013.