Norfolk State Spartans Sweep Key MEAC Doubleheader From Coppin State

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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State used timely performances in all three phases of the game to earn a MEAC North doubleheader sweep of Coppin State by scores of 6-0 and 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field.

Chase Anderson (5-2) pitched seven shutout innings and the Spartans (16-18, 12-5 MEAC) rode the all-around stellar play of Justin Hayes to take the opener. In the nightcap, the Spartans fell behind 3-0 after one inning, but rallied to come away with a victory that put NSU into sole possession of first place in the division ahead of CSU (20-16, 11-6) for the first time this year.

In game one, Anderson struck out eight to pick up his 23rd career win, one shy of tying the school record held by former Spartan Devin Hemmerich. Hayes, meanwhile, starred at the plate, on the bases and in the field. Ty Hanchey knocked in the game’s first run with an RBI double in the bottom of the second, and after Trent Hanchey walked, Hayes smashed a Jahmon Taylor fastball over the right-field wall for a three-run homer. It was his first homer of the season.

Hayes made the defensive play of the game in the top of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Hayes snared a sinking line drive off the bat of Erik Crossman with a sliding catch in center. He then threw to second base to double off Conner Walker to end the inning.

Hayes also scored the Spartans’ next run in the bottom of the fifth. He reached on an error, stole second and scored after two wild pitches by Taylor.

Caleb Ward tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh.

Anderson allowed just five hits, and three of those were infield singles. He walked three and fanned eight, his fourth straight game with at least eight strikeouts.

Hayes was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Ty Hanchey went 2-for-3.

CSU jumped out to an early lead in game two. A Justin Banks single and a Spartan error put two on in the top of the first, and Nazier McIlwain hit a two-run triple. He then scored on a Carlos Alviarez groundout.

But that would be all the Eagles would get, as seven Spartan pitchers combined to hold CSU scoreless the rest of the way. And after Eagle starting pitcher Aaron Rea pitched three shutout innings to begin the contest, the Spartans chipped away. In the fourth, Ward led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Alsander Womack’s sacrifice fly.

In the fifth, Kam Holland drew a one-out walk and Jaran Davis singled with two outs. Hayes came through again with an RBI single to score Holland. Ward then doubled into the right-field corner to score Davis and Hayes and give the Spartans the lead.

NSU starter Ridge Walker worked 4.1 innings and allowed just one earned run, but kept NSU in it after a rocky start. Tyrin Everette worked the next 1.1 innings before Morgan came on in the sixth to strand an Eagle runner at third by striking out Justin Banks.

CSU kept threatening, but the Spartans managed to work their way out of trouble each time. In the seventh, the Eagles got two singles by Crossman and McIlwain to start the inning, but Seth Hockett came on in relief and got the next three Eagles in order.

In the eighth, the Eagles loaded the base on a Marcos Castillo single, a hit batter and a walk. But this time it was Justin Walton’s turn to come up big out of the pen. He got Crossman to ground into an inning-ending double play.

In the ninth, Spartan closer Trey Hanchey hit McIlwain to start the inning, but got a fielder’s choice and a game-ending double play to close it out. CSU stranded 12 runners in the second game.

Everette (1-0) earned his first win as a Spartan with his 1.1 scoreless innings pitched. Hanchey notched his third save.

Hayes added two more hits in game two to finish the doubleheader 5-for-8 with four RBIs. Ward was 3-for-7 with three runs batted in on the day.

McIlwain was 4-for-4 in game two, and 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.

The teams play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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