BOONE, NC – North Carolina A&T dropped a midweek contest on the road to Appalachian State, 14-7, at Kidd Brewer Stadium in a non-conference competition.
“We did not beat it today,” said the A&T coach Ben hall. “When you give up 12 competitive free bases and allow big rounds, it’s hard to win.”
New Year’s student Xavier Meachem, this year’s rookie in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) ahead of the season, according to D1Baseball, started for A&T (2-6). He went on 2.0 laps, and allowed one run on one hit with a strike.
App State Mountaineers (6-2) broke up a pointless game in their half of the third by putting together a six-run, four-hit frame to take a 6-0 lead. Aggies made a mistake in the inning which led to four of the six races crossing the plate undeservedly.
Senior outfielder Alex Leshock paced the Mountaineers with his 2-for-4, two-RBI, a stolen base performance. He was one of five App State players to record an RBI. Junior outfielder Phillip Cole fielded an RBI on four teams.
As is customary in midweek matches, some younger players got a chance to compete, and A&T saw a few steps up. With the mountain climbers leading 6-2 in the visitor’s sixth, first-year student Connor button spun a two-run RBI double left midfield to reduce the deficit to 9-4.
So, on top of the seventh, freshman and reigning MEAC staff of the week, Trevor Sheehan stayed warm with a two-run RBI double down the right field line to reduce the deficit to two, 9-7.
“I thought we were competing offensively in the middle of the match to give us a chance,” Hall said. “Hitting got us within two, but the story of the night was our inability to get zeros defensively.”
The app responded with a four-run home-half of the seventh to take the lead back to six, 13-7. They added a new race on the eighth.
“We’ll be back to work tomorrow to prepare for a tough weekend in Charleston,” Hall said.
The Aggies travel to Charleston, SC this weekend to host The Citadel in a three-game road series, March 5-7.