Feb 28, 2013
Despite leaving 21 runners stranded in two contest, the North Carolina Central University baseball team earned the doubleheader split behind junior Jordan Quinn’s (Goldsboro, N.C.) second straight golden performance on the hill to win game two 5-1, after dropping game one 9-6 in non-conference action against Delaware State University at the Durham Athletic Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Game one saw NCCU throw the first blow after senior Luis Diaz (Geneva, N.Y.) reached base on a two-out walk which junior Troy Marrow (Lutherville, Md.) followed up with a single ending up at second after DSU tried to get Diaz moving to third. That’s when Tyson Simpson (Burgaw, N.C.) reached on a D.J. Miller error and the Eagles plated the first run to take a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the fireworks went off for both teams as the Hornets put up for runs thanks to two hit-batsman and three walks, which chased starter Eric Kimber (Greensboro, N.C.) from the game after a solid start from the redshirt sophomore. DSU’s Cameron Cecil’s two-RBI double highlighted the frame as the Hornets took a 4-1 lead.
The maroon and gray responded as Diaz led off the inning with his first triple of the year, later being driven-in on a Marrow sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. The Eagles went on to score four more runs as Robert Hiatt (Wilmington, N.C.), Ryan Collins (Elizabethtown, N.C.), and Akeem Hood (Raleigh, N.C.) all recorded RBI singles. Collins drove in two runs on his single, but the damage was done as the Eagles to a 6-4 advantage into the fourth inning.
After a run in the fourth, the Hornets took control in the sixth with the last four runs of the games to take game one 9-6.
Delaware State’s Cameron Cecil stole the show going 3-for-5 at-the-plate with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs in the win.
Game two saw the Eagles jump on top 2-0 thanks to Diaz’s RBI single to right field to see the maroon and gray grab the early lead, but in both the first and second inning, NCCU left the bases loaded leaving more to be desired on the scoreboard.
It certainly didn’t matter in this game as Quinn was in control from the get-go retiring nine of his first 11 batters faced, including turning the first of two double plays to end the threat in the fourth.
Marrow’s second sacrifice fly on the day made it 3-0 in the fourth in favor of NCCU, but the Hornets challenged in the fifth inning with back-to-back singles to begin the frame. After a Quinn balk, a Cameron Onderk sacrifice fly plated the lone DSU run of game two.
The final two runs of the day came in the bottom of the sixth inning as Ronald Thompson’s (Chadbourn, N.C.) two RBI single to left field drove in Diaz and Marrow to plate the much-needed insurance runs for the Eagles.
NCCU held on to win 5-1, earning their first-ever win in the modern era of the program against Delaware State who had won all seven meetings prior to the final game of the day.
Quinn (2-0) threw a complete-game allowing only eight hits, one earned run with a walk, and three strikeouts.
Leading the way for the Eagles on the day, Zach Lee (Wilson, N.C.) went 4-for-7 (.571) at-the-plate including three runs scored for the Eagles, while Diaz finished 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI, and three runs scored, and three walks on the day.
NCCU (4-4) will move on to prep for its arch-rival as the Aggies of North Carolina A&T will make the trip to Durham for the first conference series of the year with a twinbill set for Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. and a single game to end the weekend on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free at the Durham Athletic Park.
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