The Elizabeth City State baseball team picked up its first CIAA wins of the season, beating Lincoln in a doubleheader 9-0 and 9-1 at Pasquotank on Saturday.
In the two seven-inning contests, the Vikings (5-5, 2-3 CIAA) limited the Lions to five hits combined on the pitching of Cameron Cecil (Game 1) and Michael Duck (Game 2), who fanned 11 batters total.
ECSU was hot from the plate at the outset, earning seven of its nine runs in Game 1 by the opening three innings.
The last two runs were scored by Lee Person and Justin Hooker, a former Northeastern High player, in the fifth off passed balls by the struggling Lincoln (0-7, 0-4) defense.
Jerquan Riddick was 2-for-3 and scored twice in the Game 1 victory, and added to the Vikings offense with a 3-for-4 effort in Game 2 along with four RBIs.
Another former Northeastern player, first baseman Robert Krehel, was 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the second contest, where timely base running and four Lions errors helped build another large advantage.
The Vikings will play Lincoln for a one-game set today at 2 p.m. back at Pasquotank.
The Dolphins dropped both games of their doubleheader to Catawba Valley Community College by 5-2 and 8-3 results on Saturday at Northeastern.
Catawba, ranked sixth in the NJCAA Top 20 national poll, showed why it is also the favorite to win Region 10 play, taking a quick 5-0 lead on COA (11-7, 5-3 Region 10) before the Dolphins tacked on late runs by Cameron Horn and Cody Foreman in the first game.
In Game 2, the Dolphins stayed within range, cutting another deficit to 4-3 thanks to work from Ryan Weaver, as the former Perquimans player finished 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. An Alex Lee RBI bunt scored Travis Smetana, part of COA’s rally in the middle innings.
But the Buccaneers added four runs to their lead in the seventh to hand starter and former Camden player Tyler Woodhouse a loss.
Elizabeth City State’s softball team remained winless this season with defeats against Shaw (11-4) and Fayetteville State (4-0) at Ahoskie’s Ridgecroft School on Saturday.
Tiara Webb was 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Lady Vikings (0-7, 0-4 CIAA) in their defeat to Shaw, while Shameka Henderson crossed home twice and Danielle Horn had an RBI hit.
Shortstop Samantha Craig, a former Pasquotank player, had one of just four ECSU hits in the shutout loss to the Lady Broncos.
The Lady Dolphins managed just one run in being swept at Surry Community College Saturday, falling 8-0 and 6-1.
Lilyann Arnold and Taylor Surrento took defeats in the pitching circle for COA (4-6, 4-2 Region 10), while Surrento and Kambrie Robinson had two hits each across the twin bill.