Record-Breaking Pitching Performance Leads NCCU Over Niagara

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University pitchers combined for a modern era school record 19 strikeouts during a 6-2 game one victory over Niagara University during Saturday’s doubleheader inside the Durham Athletic Park.

NCCU sophomore starter Ryan Miller collected a career-high 12 strikeouts in six innings, sitting down nearly half of the 25 batters he faced. He scattered five hits, allowed one run and walked just two batters to earn the win.

Junior transfer Scott Meylan relieved Miller for two innings, adding six strikeouts to the record-breaking total, while senior Brendan Bell registered the 19th strikeout for the final out of his first save of the season.

NCCU broke open a 2-2 tie by plating four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, junior Luis DeLeon ripped a clutch bases-clearing double to the gap in right-centerfield, then scored on an RBI single by senior Vinny Bailey.

That was all the run support the Eagles needed.

NCCU junior shortstop Cameron Norgren was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Senior catcher Tim Fischvogt contributed two hits with two runs scored for the Eagles.

For Niagara, Marty Cole and Benny Serrano tallied two hits apiece and each belted a home run. Starting pitcher Tommy Bednarski surrendered four runs on four hits with four strikeouts in the loss. Relief pitcher Zach Cameron posted seven strikeouts in three innings for the Purple Eagles.

Errors in Sixth Inning Cost Eagles in Nightcap 

In the second game of the doubleheader, with the score tied at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning and the Purple Eagles threatening with the bases loaded and two outs, NCCU dropped a fly ball on the warning track in right field to allow three runs to score. The last runner to cross the plate on that error proved to be the game-winning run in a 4-3 triumph for Niagara.

Trailing 4-1 in the seventh and final inning, DeLeon drove in two runs with a single up the middle to narrow the deficit to a run. After a walk to Bailey, the Eagles had runners on first and second bases with just one out, but Niagara force and game-ending double-play.

NCCU starting pitcher Shane Davis allowed just one hit with eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings of action, but was charged with four runs – all unearned – in the loss.

Niagara, which won the nightcap although it managed just two hits, received a solid pitching performance from the bullpen by Alex MacKinnon with five strikeouts in 1.2 innings to pick up the win. Yohn Zapata-Baez closed the contest for the save.

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