Norfolk State Spartans Back At Home This Weekend To Face Quinnipiac

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NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State baseball team returns to Marty L. Miller Field for another three-game home series this weekend as it hosts Quinnipiac. Game times are set for 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, weather permitting.

This is the second in a stretch of four straight home weekends for NSU (0-7), which is in search of its first win on the 2019 campaign. Live video and live stats will be available for each game at www.nsuspartans.com.

Scouting NSU
The Spartans dropped to 0-7 on the year after an 11-0 setback at Old Dominion across town on Tuesday. The Spartans were held to just five hits and were shut out for the first time this season. Caleb Ward had two of those five hits.

Offensively, Alsander Womack and Dionte Brown continue to lead the way for NSU. Womack, who did not play Tuesday, leads the MEAC with a .417 batting average and is third with four doubles. He and Brown are tied for the team lead with five RBI apiece, and Brown checks in with a .412 average.

Ward is also heating up lately. The junior transfer outfielder/utility player from the University of Richmond has five hits (5-for-12) in a three-game hitting streak. He has two straight games with two hits.

On the mound, senior right hander Jonathan Mahoney (0-1, 3.46) is tied for fourth in the MEAC with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. The Spartans used five pitchers in Tuesday’s game at ODU, with freshman left hander James Deloatch working a career-high four innings and striking out three.

Scouting Quinnipiac
The Bobcats enter this weekend 1-4 overall, but that one win was a notable one. Quinnipiac took down then-No. 20 ranked Wake Forest 8-6 last Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, behind Tyler Poulin’s 12 strikeouts. Quinnipiac split two games with the Demon Deacons last weekend and also dropped a neutral-site game at Elon.

Quinnipiac was voted fourth in the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) poll. Senior outfielder Liam Scafariello was named the preseason MAAC Player of the Year. He was a first-team All-MAAC pick last season after hitting 15 home runs. Outfielder Brian Moskey, third baseman Evan Vulgamore and catcher Colton Bender were also selected to the preseason All-MAAC team.

QU went 26-30, 16-8 in MAAC play last season.

Series History
NSU and Quinnipiac have played just once previously. The Spartans topped the Bobcats 5-4 in 10 innings on Feb. 22, 2014, as part of the Spartan Classic at Marty L. Miller Field. The game was tied 2-all after nine innings, and Quinnipiac scored twice in the top of the 10th to go up, 4-2. But the Spartans tied it on RBI singles by Justin Lee and Zach Markel, and won when a Bobcat error allowed Markel to score the winning run.

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