Norfolk State Sports Information
NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State rallied with five runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn a come-from-behind 8-5 win over Delaware State in the teams’ MEAC Northern Division opener on Friday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field.
The Spartans (5-10, 1-0 MEAC North) pounded out six hits in the eighth, doubling its total to that point, to extend their winning streak to five games.
DSU (5-9, 0-1) broke a 3-all tie by scoring twice in the top of eighth. Todd Henry hit a sacrifice fly and Trip Kimmell scored on a passed ball to put the Hornets in front, 5-3.
But NSU responded off DSU reliever Robert Shorts (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Caleb Ward and Stephen Baughan hit consecutive RBI doubles to bring NSU within 5-4. Baughan then scored the tying run on Adam Collins’ RBI single up the middle, and Collins took second on the throw home.
Pinch hitter Korey Singh then gave the Spartans the lead with an RBI single to left-center field. After an unsuccessful squeeze play resulted in out number two, the Spartans kept the hits coming. Dionte Brown and Justin Hayes smacked back-to-back RBI singles to push the NSU lead to 8-5.
Spartan reliever Trey Hanchey pitched a perfect ninth, including a pair of strikeouts and a come-backer, to pick up his second save of the season.
Both teams got off to a quick start. Adrian Hill and John Weglarz hit two straight singles to start the top of the first, and Kimmell scored Hill with a sacrifice fly to give the Hornets the early edge.
But in the bottom of the first, the Spartans recorded hits in their first two at-bats. Hayes led off the game with a single and scored on the first of two doubles hit by Alsander Womack. Caleb Ward drove in Womack with a sacrifice fly to put NSU in front, 2-1.
Cole Garey’s RBI groundout and Henry’s RBI double put the Hornets back on top 3-2 in the third before starting pitchers Chase Anderson for NSU and Garrett Lawson for DSU settled in. Womack’s RBI double in the fifth tied the game and was the only run either team posted in the fourth through seventh innings.
Anderson (2-2) would go on to earn the win, his second straight for the Spartans. The senior righty allowed nine hits and five runs, four earned, with four strikeouts in eight innings pitched. Lawson took a no-decision for the Hornets despite allowing just six hits and three runs, two earned, with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Hayes finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base, and Womack was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the NSU offense. The Spartans finished with 12 hits, their third consecutive game in double figures.
Hill, Weglarz and Jared Gillis had two hits each for DSU.
The teams play game two of their series at 2 p.m. Saturday.