Norfolk State Spartans Overcome Early Deficit, Rally To Top Coppin State In 11 Innings

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HANOVER, Md. – Norfolk State rallied from an early five-run deficit, with Justin Hayesscoring the winning run on an 11th-inning Coppin State error as the Spartans win 8-7 in the teams’ series opener on Friday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium.

The win helped NSU (9-13, 5-2 MEAC) tie the Eagles (12-10, 5-2) for first place in the conference’s Northern Division.

The Spartans trailed 5-0 after two innings, but chipped away before tying the game at 7-all in the top of the ninth. Caleb Wardtripled to lead off the ninth frame and scored on Stephen Baughan’s sacrifice fly as NSU forced extra innings.

Neither team scored in the 10th, but the Spartans broke through in the 11th. Hayes led off with a single and stole his third base of the day, the last of the eight stolen bases NSU recorded in the game. Ward then flied out to right, and Hayes tagged up. The CSU throw to third was wild, allowing Hayes to score the go-ahead run.

Spartan reliever Trey Hanchey (2-0) worked the final 2.1 innings without allowing a hit, striking out two batters to earn the win. He worked a 1-2-3 11th to finish things off.

Coppin wasted little time in jumping out in front, scoring four times in the bottom of the first. CSU’s first two batters reached on an error and a single, and after a groundout, NSU walked Justin Banks to load the bases. Eric Crossman followed with a two-run single, and one out later, Carlos Alviarez tackled on a two-run single to make it 4-0.

The Eagles extended the lead to 5-1 in the second. Nick Martinez led off with a double and scored on a Derek Lohr groundout.

The Spartans scored their first run of the game in the third. Hayes reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and took third on a throwing error. He scored on a passed ball.

NSU cut its deficit to 5-3 in the fourth. Brandon Crosby reached on error, stole second and eventually scored on Seth Hockett’s fielder’s choice. Ty Hanchey, who walked, came home on a flyout by Justin Hayes.

Corey Treyes’ RBI single in the fourth stretched the Eagles’ lead back to three runs, but NSU kept chipping away. Baughan doubled and scored on Adam Collins’ squeeze bunt in the fifth. Collins’ RBI single in the seventh capped a two-run rally in that frame that tied the game at 6.

The Eagles went in front 7-6 thanks to a two-out Spartan error in the seventh, but the Spartans would not be denied.

Ward finished 3-for-6 with two runs scored. Hayes, Collins and Baughan each had a pair of hits and Hayes scored three runs. Crosby also stole two bases.

NSU starting pitcher Chase Anderson took a no-decision. He allowed seven runs in seven innings, but just three runs were earned. He struck out 11 hitters. The NSU bullpen then tossed four scoreless innings, with Justin WaltonTyler Morgan and finally Trey Hancheycoming up clutch.

Alviarez, Lohr and Nick Martinez had two hits each for the Eagles.

The teams play game two of the series beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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