Softball Run-Rules North Carolina A&T, 8-0
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG softball used a season-high 16 hits to run-rule North Carolina A&T, 8-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.
The Spartans improve to 9-8 on the season with the victory while the Lady Aggies fall to 3-7.
Sophomore Lacey Leary (Norwood, N.C./Spartanburg Methodist) went five innings only allowing two hits with two strikeouts to earn her second win of the season. Shelby Synder took the loss falling to 0-3 on the year.
Senior Katelyn Bedwell (Surrey, B.C./Elgin Park) and freshman Ally Vergona (Paramus, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) each had three hits to pace the Spartans. Sophomore Danielle Vega (Rialto, Calif./Aquinas) went 2-for-3 with two RBI doubles.
UNCG took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after a passed ball led to a run scoring. Vega worked a walk and senior Toni MacReynolds (Vienna, Va./James Madison) singled to put runners on first and second. Freshman Emily Lopez (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out. Vergona walked to load the bases. Vega came home after North Carolina A&T’s catcher couldn’t handle a pitch leading to UNCG’s first run.
In the top of the third, the Spartans added another run off a two-out rally after sophomore Lindsay Thomas (Irvine, Calif./Northwood) walked and Vega roped a RBI double off the wall in left centerfield to give UNCG a 2-0 advantage.
The Blue and Gold scored another two out RBI in the fourth inning after Bedwell singled through the infield to score pinch runner Stephanie McKinney (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth). Vergona singled to right field with one out. After a groundout, junior Tatiana Alcala (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) beat out an infield single off a bunt to put runners on first and third. Bedwell picked up her 12th RBI to score UNCG’s third run of the game.
In the top of the fifth inning, UNCG added two more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Lindsay Thomas singled through the infield to start the inning. Vega lined an RBI double to centerfield to plate Thomas. With two outs, Vergona hit a deep double to the centerfield wall scoring Vega on the play.
The Spartans increased their lead with three runs on six hits in the sixth inning. Alcala started the inning with a single to centerfield and Bedwell followed with a single to right to setup runners on first and second. After a single from freshman Tory Wright (Potomac Falls, Va./Dominion), Lindsay Thomas earned an RBI sacrifice fly to push UNCG’s lead to 6-0. MacReynolds drove a one-out single for an RBI and pinch-hitter Hagan Kiser (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern) singled to right field for another RBI.
North Carolina A&T had one last chance in the sixth but senior Raeanne Hanks (Rainier, Ore./Rainier Senior) ended inning in order including two strikeouts to clinch the victory.
UNCG improved to 38-2 all-time against the Lady Aggies.
The Spartans return to action Friday for a doubleheader against Presbyterian College starting at 3 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
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