Falcons baseball in CIAA final

St. Aug's seeks first title since 1998

From College News ReleasesApril 19, 2008 

Kevin Johnson's run-scoring single in the 11th inning lifted the St. Augustine's baseball team past Elizabeth City State 7-6 on Friday in Petersburg, Va., sending the Falcons to their first CIAA tournament final since 2003.

The Falcons (22-22) will face Virginia State today on the Trojans' home field.

St. Aug's will have to beat VSU twice to win its first CIAA title since 1998. The Trojans, unbeaten in the tournament, need only one win to earn their second straight conference title.

The first game starts at 1 p.m., and the second game, if necessary, will begin at 4 p.m.

The winning single capped a great day for Johnson, who went 3-for-6 with a home run, triple and two RBIs.

Each team scored three runs in the 10th inning after the Vikings forced extra innings by scoring two runs in the ninth.

It was the second straight tournament victory in extra innings for the Falcons, who beat crosstown rival Shaw 17-9 in 11 innings on Thursday.

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In addition to Seager, who posted his third career multi-homer game, right fielder Tim Fedroff and catcher Mark Fleury also went deep for North Carolina (32-7, 14-4 ACC).

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Mitchell (4-3) scattered eight hits on 104 pitches while striking out four with no walks.

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