Division Champ Norfolk State Spartans Play Long Ball, Complete Sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore


Norfolk State Sports Information



Norfolk State Sports Information


SALISBURY, Md. – Ty HancheyAlsander Womack and Korey Singh homered, and Jonathan Mahoney pitched into the seventh inning to lift Norfolk State to a 7-1 win over Maryland Eastern Shore and a three-game series sweep on Saturday evening at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The Spartans (22-21, 17-7 MEAC North) clinched their fourth MEAC Northern Division title in the last five years earlier Saturday when Delaware State completed a weekend sweep of Coppin State (15-9 MEAC). But NSU put the finishing touches on its fifth straight MEAC weekend series win and seventh straight win over the Hawks (10-42, 4-20) nonetheless in a game which was moved up from Sunday to Saturday evening due to the forecast of inclement weather in Salisbury.

Hanchey got the Spartans on the board in the top of the fourth inning. After Singh led off the inning with a single, Hanchey hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot down the right-field line to put the Spartans up 2-0. Womack added to the lead one inning later, when he led off the top of the fifth with a solo shot to left for his second homer of the year.

NSU manufactured a run without help of the long ball in the seventh. Womack led off with a single, his third hit of the night, and stole second. Singh singled Womack in with two outs to stretch the lead to 4-0.

The Spartans left no doubt with a three-run ninth. Pinch runner Khie Simms scored on a wild pitch, and after Stephen Baughan tripled, Singh belted a two-run homer. It was his third home run of the year.

Mahoney (5-4) capped off his memorable day with a shut-down performance. The senior righty earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Saturday morning’s graduation ceremony in Norfolk, then made the trek up Route 13 to take the ball in the series finale. All he did was pitch 6.2 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

Tyler Morgan picked up the next three outs after Mahoney departed for his sixth consecutive scoreless appearance. Justin Walton struck out the only batter he faced to end the eighth, and Seth Hockett worked the ninth.

Singh had a season-high three hits and three RBIs. Womack also finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a steal. NSU stole six bases in the game, one each by six different players.

Hawk starter Keith Carpenter (0-6) was charged with the loss. He gave up three runs on five hits and walked six in five innings.

The Spartans play their final home game of the year on Wednesday, when they host VCU at 3 p.m. at Marty L. Miller Field.

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