Norfolk State Spartans Pick Up 1st Wins of Season In Sweep of Savannah State

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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State notched its first two wins of the season on Saturday afternoon, riding the strong pitching of Chase Anderson and Ridge Walker and four RBIs from Stephen Baughan to a 5-2, 6-4 doubleheader sweep of Savannah State at Marty L. Miller Field.

Anderson fanned a career-high 12 batters to take the win in game 1 and Walker tossed a seven-inning complete game in the nightcap. Both Baughan and Alsander Womack had four hits in the doubleheader to pace the NSU (2-10) offense.

In the opener, Anderson (1-2) allowed just two runs and seven hits in a season-high eight innings of work. His 12 strikeouts topped his previous career high of 10 set against William & Mary as a sophomore in 2017. That was also the last year a Spartan had that many punchouts in a game, when Devin Hemmerich fanned 13 twice that season.

The Spartans fell behind 1-0 on Turner Davis’ solo homer in the top of the fourth. But NSU struck for three in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Ward’s RBI double tied the game, and he scored on a triple to right off the bat of Baughan. Adam Collins then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Baughan.

In the fifth, Justin Hayes walked and later scored from third when SSU got Womack in a rundown between first and second. SSU got that run back in the seventh on a two-out RBI single by Jalen Atterbury.

But Baughan added a long RBI double in the eighth, scoring Womack, who singled earlier in the frame. That accounted for the game’s final run.

Trey Hanchey worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first career save.

Baughan and Womack were both 3-for-4. Womack scored twice, while Baughan knocked in two.

Baughan stayed hot in Game 2, hitting an RBI single to give NSU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. SSU tied it up with an unearned run in the top of the third before the Spartans rebounded with four in the bottom of the frame. Kam Holland was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run, and Seth Hockett cleared the bases with a three-run double to put NSU ahead 5-1.

The teams traded runs in the fourth. Trevor Meaney’s RBI single brought the Tigers within three, but Baughan’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning pushed the NSU lead to 6-2.

SSU scored a pair of runs thanks to two NSU errors in the fifth to cut the deficit in half.

But Walker (1-3) limited the damage. He scattered eight hits and four runs, two earned, over seven innings to get the win. He walked three and struck out two.

Baughan finished the doubleheader 4-for-7 with four RBIs. Womack was 4-for-8 with three runs scored.

Atterbury posted five hits on the day for the Tigers (2-6-1).

The teams complete their series with a noon game on Sunday.

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