Devin Hemmerich’s 4-Hitter Helps Norfolk State Spartans Split A Pair With Delaware State


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NORFOLK, Va. – Senior left hander Devin Hemmerich pitched his second consecutive complete game, a four-hitter to help Norfolk State split a doubleheader with Delaware State on Monday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field. Hemmerich matched his career high with 10 strikeouts to give the Spartans a 3-1 win in the opener, but DSU’s Sean McGrath held the Spartans to five hits as the Hornets clinched the series win with a 3-1 win in the nightcap.

Hemmerich (3-2) followed up his one-hit shutout at Towson last weekend with another solid effort in Monday’s doubleheader, which was pushed back from the weekend due to rain. Hemmerich walked one batter and allowed just four hits and one run. He struck out 10 in a game for the second time this season and fourth in his career.

The Spartans scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. Outfielder Tony Leite was hit by a pitch with one out and took second on a wild pitch. He then scored from second on a two-out single from catcher Ismael Herrera.

Hemmerich cruised through the early innings, retiring the first 10 batters he faced. The only trouble he ran into came in the sixth, as Tommy Jordan hit a leadoff double and scored when Kwestin Smith singled through a drawn-in infield to tie the game.

Hemmerich breezed through the next two innings before the Spartans retook the lead in the eighth. Roger Hall and Justin Burrell hit back-to-back one-out singles. Leite then lined a double past the first baseman, easily scoring Hall from second. Burrell held up at third base as the Hornet outfield threw the ball in, and an errant throw allowed Burrell to also score at the end of the play to put the Spartans in front, 3-1.

Hemmerich then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, including a pair of strikeouts and a come-backer to the mound, to close out his second straight win.

Hall went 2-for-4 for the Spartans, who outhit DSU 9-4.

In game two, McGrath allowed just five hits and one run over six innings while striking out five. Darrien Ragins earned his second save in as many days with a 1-2-3 seventh.

The Hornets got the only runs they would need in the third. Evan Regez’s squeeze bunt plated Devin Beverly, who singled to second base to lead off the inning. Ciaran Devenney added an RBI single later in the frame.

NSU cut its deficit in half in the sixth. Leite singled and moved to second after a two-out walk to Hall. Burrell lined an RBI single to left to score Leite, but Hall was ruled out at third at the tail end of the play.

The Hornets added an insurance run in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-out Spartan error.

Jonathan Mauricio (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Hall led NSU at the plate with a 3-for-6 day.

NSU hits the road for its next 11 games, beginning with a 3 p.m. matchup on Wednesday at Richmond.

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