Kam Holland’s Grand Slam, 6 RBIs Lead Norfolk State To Series Sweep

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NORFOLK, Va. – Sophomore catcher Kam Holland hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and senior right hander Jonathan Mahoney pitched a six-hit shutout as Norfolk State completed a three-game MEAC sweep of Delaware State with a 9-0 win on Sunday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field.

Holland hit the grand slam, his first career homer, in the Spartans’ five-run second, and he added a two-run double in the third to help NSU (7-10, 3-0 MEAC) win its seventh straight game.

Mahoney (1-2) earned his first win of the year by tossing his first nine-inning complete game as a Spartan. He gave up six hits, three of the infield variety, struck out six and did not walk a batter in pitching the Spartans’ first shutout since Devin Hemmerich’s one-hitter against DSU on April 29, 2017.

After a scoreless first, Stephen Baughan and Adam Collins led off the bottom of the second with singles. Brandon Crosby drew a walk to load the bases for Holland, who hit an 0-2 pitch into the trees behind the fence in left. Alsander Womack added a two-out RBI single to cap the five-run inning.

The third began much the same way, as Baughan singled and Collins was hit by a pitch. Holland again came through with two strikes, hitting an 0-2 pitch into the gap in left-center to score both Baughan and Collins.

In the fourth, Womack singled and scored on a hit-and-run single by Caleb Ward when the Hornets (5-11, 0-3 MEAC) misplayed Ward’s hit in center.

Brandon Crosby accounted for the game’s final run on an RBI single in the eighth.

Holland’s six-RBI game is the Spartans’ second such game of the week. Ward achieve the feat in the win at Longwood on Tuesday.

Womack, Baughan and Holland each went 2-for-4. Baughan and Collins scored two runs apiece. Womack has four consecutive multi-hit games and increased his hitting streak to 11 games.

Adrian Hill had three of the Hornets’ six hits.

Jeremy Carrow (0-1) took the loss for DSU, allowing six hits and seven runs in three innings pitched.

NSU plays at Maryland Eastern Shore next Friday through Sunday, the first of three straight weekends on the road.

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