Baseball Faces Nationally Ranked Liberty – North Carolina A&T
North Carolina A&T (0-3) vs. Liberty No. 21 (2-1)
Dated: Wednesday February 23
Times): 4 p.m.
Establishment: Worthington Field at Liberty Ballpark
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia.
A&T Batting Leaders
Batting Average: Alec Seaton (.400)
Home runs: Alec Seaton (1)
Double: Chet Sikes & Anthony Henning (2)
Triplets: Xavier Bussey (1)
RBI: Seaton and Bussey (3)
Hit percentage: Seat (.800)
Base percentage: Canyon Brown (.615)
A&T Pitch Leaders
TIME: Peyton Winebarger (0.00)
Barred: Winemaker and Jaheim Brown (7)
Innings pitched: Winemaker (5.0)
Checked in : N / A
A&T Big South Leaders (Top-25)
Batting average: Hennings (.667) – 1st; Seaton (.400) – 12th; Canyon Brown (.375) – 17th
Home runs: Seat (1) – 6th
Double: Hennings (2) – 2nd; Sikes (2) – 8th; Seaton (1) – 11th; Brown (1) – 22nd
Triplets: Bussey (1) – 5th
RBI: Bussey (3) – 13th; Seat (3) – 15th
Hit percentage: Hennings (1,000) – 2nd; Seaton (.800) – 9th
Base percentage: Hennings (.714) – 5th; Brown (.615) – 8th; Seaton (.500) – 15th; Cameraman Brantley (.500) – 21st
National A&T Leaders (Top-100)
Triplets: Bussey (1) – t-9th
Base on balls: Brantley (4) – 98th
PROBABLE STARTER: HPR Evan Demurias (0-0, 2.0 IP, 0H, 4R, 2K)
LAST MEETING: These two teams last met almost exactly a year ago on Feb. 24 in Lynchburg, a 16-2 loss to A&T.
WHO DID: Graduate infielder Alec Seaton got off to a quick start in his A&T career, hitting a brace in his first at bat and following that with a two-run home run in his second plate appearance. The Mount Olive transfer leads A&T in batting average, home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.
AGGIE OVERVIEW: A&T is coming off a tough weekend streak against Dayton in which they lost all three games by a combined seven points. Last weekend, seven of the nine players on their roster made their Aggie debuts.
A&T seeks to capitalize on opportunities. The Aggies left 34 runners on base in their first three games. They also had runners knocked out of base paths in draft games. However, the Aggies had some great times on the mound. First-year right-hander Jaheim Brown pitched 4.1 innings against the Flyers, allowing zero runs on five hits with a team-high seven strikeouts.
At-bats haven’t been too shabby either, as the Aggies are third in the Deep South in batting average (.260), but they’re batting .152 with runners in scoring position.
A&T Head Coach Ben Room is now in his eighth year at university. He is 141-193 (.422) during his tenure.
FLAMES OVERVIEW: The Flames are coming off a huge weekend series win at 9th in Florida. Liberty dropped Friday’s game but bounced back with two big wins on Saturday and Sunday to clinch the series. As a result, the Flames placed in the top 25 of the D1 Baseball.com poll (21) and the Baseball America poll (18).
Junior receiver Gray Betts leads the team with his .364 batting average that earned him Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors. He has four hits on the year, including a double, with three RBIs and two runs scored. He also sports a .429 on-base percentage.
The pitching squad, consisting of 12 participating players this season, combined a 4.50 ERA in its first three games.
Head coach Scott Jackson is coming off back-to-back NCAA playoff berths (2019, 2021) and, in his sixth year, has an overall record of 160-94 (.630).
QUOTE: “It’s going to be a big challenge. Playing Liberty always is. Coach Jackson and his team always produce a top team, and ranked or not, you know they’re going to be tough. But we’re thrilled for another the opportunity to compete with the best and drive our program forward.”
The head coach Ben room ahead of A&T’s first midweek game of the year
News and Notes:
- The Aggies went 0-6 in midweek games last season.
- A&T’s last win over a ranked opponent came on March 26, 2019, when the Aggies shut out South Carolina’s No. 24, 2-0, in Columbia, SC.
- A&T I 0-1 against Liberty under Hall.
- The Big South head coaches picked the Aggies to finish 10th in the conference preseason poll.
- On the other hand, Liberty was chosen to win the A-SUN for the third consecutive year.
- Liberty also saw four players receive all-conference preseason honors (Betts, sophomore pitcher Trey Gibson, senior outfielder Aaron Anderson and senior designated hitter Brady Gulakowski.