Norfolk State Spartan Bats Stay Hot In 12-8 Win Over Maryland Eastern Shore

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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State pounded out 18 more hits Sunday, four from Justin Hayesand three each from three other players, to finish off a 12-8 win and three-game weekend sweep of Maryland Eastern Shore at Marty L. Miller Field.

The Spartans (14-18 overall, 10-5 MEAC) have won five of their last six conference games and sit one game out of first place following a weekend in which they scored 56 runs and accounted for 64 hits.

Alsander Womack recorded three hits and three RBIs, Mikey Delgado was 3-for-5 with a key RBI single and Jaran Davis also posted three hits. Caleb Ward and Brandon Crosbyadded two hits and two RBIs apiece.

MDES (9-30, 3-12) picked up a two-out run in the top of the first when Dillon Oxyer stole home on a first-and-third rundown situation. But Ward and Crosby both hit RBI singles in the bottom of the first to give NSU the lead.

Womack hit his second three-run double in as many games to highlight a four-run second inning for NSU.

Devynn Hancock and Marcus Brown both doubled in a run in the third for the Hawks, but NSU stretched its lead to 9-3 with two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Crosby hit a sacrifice fly and Stephen Baughan scored on a Hawk error in the fourth. Ward added as a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

But the Hawks chipped away with four runs in the sixth, two coming on a pair of run-scoring singles by Joey Nicastro and Oxyer. Brian Cordell scored on a wild pitch with two outs to bring MDES within 9-7. Oxyer reached on an NSU error and scored on another in the eighth, cutting NSU’s lead to 9-8. But reliever Kevin Alicea got Brantley Cutler to ground out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

But the Spartans scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Delgado, Davis and Hayes hit three straight RBI singles to give the Spartans some breathing room.

Trey Hanchey worked a scoreless ninth to close out the win for the Spartans.

Hayes finished 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two steals. It was his second four-hit game of the series. Womack was 3-for-4 with three RBIs as he finished the weekend 10-for-14 with nine runs driven in. His hitting streak now sits at 19 games and his season average is up to .463.

Delgado matched his career high with three hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Ward was 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs. Baughan also scored a pair of runs.

NSU righty Jonathan Mahoney (4-3) earned the win with five innings of work. He gave up six hits and three runs, walked three and struck out two.

Keith Carpenter (0-4) took the loss for the Hawks. He gave up six hits and six runs, five earned, in 1.1 innings of work.

Oxyer went 3-for-5 for the Hawks.

NSU hosts Coppin State (11-4) in a battle of the top two teams in the MEAC North next weekend. The teams play a single game 3 p.m. Friday and a noon doubleheader at Saturday.

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