DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2009) – Two runs in the top of the 10th lifted the North Carolina A&T Aggies (21-21) to a 6-4 (10 innings) victory over the Delaware State Hornets (19-24-1) in Game Two of the 2009 MEAC Baseball Tournament at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. An RBI double by Xavier Macklin combined with a sacrifice fly by C.J. Beatty accounted for the go-ahead runs in extra innings.
The Hornets scored four runs on 11 hits while committing two errors in the game. N.C. A&T registered six runs on six hits versus DSU.
The Hornets were led by Abe Eubank, who batted 3-for-5, including his 10th home run of the season with one RBI and one run scored. Left-fielder Troy Drummond scored three runs, batting 2-for-5 including an RBI. Catcher Wynton Weather registered two RBI, going 1-for-4 in the game.
Left-fielder George Hines notched four of the N.C. A&T’s six total hits, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Macklin (First Team All-MEAC) finished the day going 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Marquis Riley crossed home plate twice, drawing three walks versus the Hornets.
DSU’s Dan Perkins made his 12th start of the season allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out nine. The 2009 MEAC Pitcher of the Year earned a "no decision", facing 27 batters in seven innings of action. First Team All-MEAC selection Brandon Penick was saddled with the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in one and one-third innings of relief.
N.C. A&T closer Jonathan Smith picked up his first win of the season, allowing just one hit while striking out five in three innings of scoreless relief. Starter Esterlin Paulino earned a "no decision" giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings pitched.
Delaware State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Weather drove in Drummond from third. The Aggies responded with a run in the top of the third following an RBI single by Hines, scoring Riley from second.
DSU regained the lead after a solo home run by Drummond in the bottom of the fourth. The 5-foot-11 sophomore registered his third home run of the season, crushing a shot of the left-field scoreboard.
In the top of the fifth, North Carolina A&T scored two run on one hit with one DSU error to give the Aggies a 3-2 lead. With runners on second and third, an RBI single by Hines tied the game at 2-all, bringing home Riley for his second run of the contest. A DSU error at first base on the same play that brought home the go-ahead run as James Howard scored.
The Hornets tied the game, 3-3, with an RBI single by Weather to center field in the bottom of the sixth. With Drummond on second, Weather blooped a single to center field, drawing the game even.
A solo home run by Eubank in the bottom of the seventh gave DSU a 4-3 lead. The Medford, Ore., native drove an 0-1 pitch to left-center field for his 32nd RBI of the season.
Delaware State’s lead did not last long as Hines, in the top of the eighth, took the first pitch he saw from relief pitcher Anthony Gibbons deep over the right-field fence, tying the game at 4-4.
Neither team could score in the final two frames as the contest went into extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, N.C. A&T took a two-run lead following an RBI double by Macklin and a sacrifice fly by Beatty. The Hornets came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th, looking to tie the game but, were shut down by Smith who retired the side in order.
Delaware State will face the Norfolk Spartans on Friday, May 15 in an elimination game. First pitch is slated for 10:00 a.m. North Carolina A&T will take on the winner of the Florida A&M/UMES contest on Friday, at 2 p.m.