@CookmanBaseball Series 11: North Carolina A&T
SANFORD, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (23-19, 12-6 MEAC) take on their final series in the Sunshine State with the lone neutral site matchup of the 2013 regular season, rematching with North Carolina A&T Aggies(13-24, 7-7 MEAC) at historic Sanford Memorial Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. on both days.
After creating some separation in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern division standings in the series win over North Carolina Central, the Wildcats now turn their attention to keeping that distance while avenging the conference series loss to the Aggies in Greensboro in mid-March. The Wildcats dropped 2-of-3 as the visiting squad.
Saturday Game One
B-CU: RHP Montana Durapau (6-3, 3.93 ERA)
NCAT: LHP Brent Moore (4-4, 3.97 ERA)
Saturday Game Two
B-CU: RHP Scott Garner (4-4, 4.94 ERA)
NCAT: RHP Josh Ganus (3-4, 4.00 ERA)
Sunday Game Three
B-CU: RHP Michael Austin (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
NCAT: RHP Tyler Boone (2-3, 3.58 ERA)
Notes About the North Carolina A&T Aggies (13-24, 7-7 MEAC)
While the bats have cooled a bit for the Aggies since the last series meeting, the key to coming out on top remains keeping the Aggies behind second base. As a team, NCAT bats .260, but have put up marks of 78 doubles (NCAA 26th) and 13 home runs through 37 games. In addition, they have grown even more aggressive on the basepath, successfully stealing 87 of 108 bases attempted (NCAA ninth).
Leading the charge at the plate with a second-ranked national mark of 19 doubles is junior shortstop Luke Tendler, who also tops the team with 47 hits and a .362 batting average. Tendler has accounted for a steals margin of 11-of-13, in addition to topping the team with a .435 on-base percentage.
Leading the team in RBI (39) and home runs (8), first baseman Kelvin Freeman bats .336 with 10 doubles of his own.
Despite run support for the pitching staff, the Aggies have come up on the short end more often than not, largely due to the staff’s 6.32 ERA, along with defensive struggles to the tune of 101 errors on the season for a .932 team fielding percentage.
Notes About the Wildcats (23-19, 12-6 MEAC)
Despite not making the clean Miami metro sweep; three of four can hardly be called bad between FIU and Miami; the Wildcats have still won eight of their last ten and have started to come together and play solid baseball as a team.
Aiding that process are a host of hitters all stepping up, but the most recent surge has come from the Wildcats’ tagged power hitter and first baseman Anthony Stokes, who has improved his batting average nearly a full point over the past month and jumped into the .300 range this week. Stokes leads the team in home runs (4), along with seven doubles and 24 RBI, topping the squad with a .510 slugging percentage.
The Wildcats will look for a strong weekend from the top of their order, with Josh Johnson topping the team with 52 hits on a .321 batting average, scoring 25 runs. Eros Modena also connects in that leadoff tier, with a team second-best .304 average, leading the team in RBI (29), runs scored (34), not to mention that he’s logged nine doubles on the campaign.
Though at a neutral site, live stats will be broadcast like all home games through the B-CU Athletics website at this link.
With facility constraints, CatEye Network will be unable to broadcast the games live.
CatEye Network radio will be running live through the first game of the doubleheader on WELE 1380 and online at this link.
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