|Sweets for the Sweet|
|NCCU pitcher having a monster season|
|Published Friday, April 13, 2018|
Sophomore third baseman Ava Dolan was named the MEAC softball player of the week after batting .636 in four games last week, including road wins at Campbell and Bethune-Cookman.
Dolan knocked out three home runs and amassed five RBIs and five runs scored. The Las Vegas native has an 11-game hit streak and 12 multiple-hit games.
NCCU (9-20) needs four more wins to equal its win total of last season’s 13. The team travels to Norfolk State next Tuesday and on to Hampton on Wednesday.
In tennis, the Eagles finally got in the win column with a 7-0 shutout over Meredith College Wednesday. NCCU (1-16) has two matches left in the season: N.C. State and South Carolina State.
With one week left in the softball season, rivals SAU and Shaw are fighting for the top spot in the Southern Division. Only the top four teams advance to the CIAA Softball Tournament. The teams meet this weekend at Worthdale Park in a doubleheader.
The Bears (17-1) have extended their tennis win streak to 17 matches (11 CIAA) after defeating Fayetteville State, 7-2.
Pitcher Devin Sweet became the Eagles career strikeout and wins leader in the modern era against George Washington in a 10-4 loss. Sweet struck out three to pass Glenn Frye’s 214 strikeouts. He now stands at 219 to go along with 17 wins.
“Devin has been an impact pitcher for us since he arrived on campus four years ago,” coach Jim Koerner said. “It does not surprise me that he has set new standards in wins and strikeouts. He has worked tremendously hard to improve each year, and has earned everything he’s received.”
Sweet has a career 17-9 record and a 4.16 ERA.
The Eagles host archrival N.C. A&T this weekend in a three-game series at Durham Athletic Park.
The Falcons (11-20) travel to Virginia State this weekend for a baseball doubleheader. They don’t play again until next weekend at Chowan.
In golf, freshman Sam Cudjoe finished third in the CIAA Northern Division Tournament Tuesday. Cudjoe shot a combined two-day score of 155 on the par 72, 6,522-yard course.
The Falcons will host their Spring Invitational at Pine Hollow Golf Course in Clayton on Monday at 9 a.m.
The Bears’ tennis season concludes this weekend against Charleston (W.Va.). Men’s tennis is no longer sponsored by the conference.
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