North Carloina Central Eagles Top Norfolk State In Wild Walk Off

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DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University trailed Norfolk State 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but rallied to plate three runs with the final runner touching home on a balk to capture a 5-4 victory over the Spartans at the Durham Athletic Park on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

NSU (0-4) struck first in the contest after an RBI double from Alsander Womack (Waxhaw, N.C.) in the top of the first, but NCCU (4-1) was able to level the contest on an RBI single from Justin Bowers (Yorktown, Va.) after a leadoff triple from Corey Joyce (Lexington, N.C.).

Jonathan Peacock (Goldsboro, N.C.) was able to keep the Spartans in check over the first five frames as he fired eight strikeouts in his first career start.  NSU was finally able to break the deadlock in the top of the sixth after a three-run home run from Korey Singh (Midlothian, Va.) to put the guests ahead 4-1.

NCCU was able to cut back into the lead immediately in the bottom of the seventh after an RBI single from Trey Maslin (Franklin, N.C.) and the Eagles continued to threaten in the eighth inning, but the NSU relievers were able to hold off the maroon and gray, to send the contest to the final frame with the Eagles behind, 4-2.

The Eagles started the ninth-inning rally with a leadoff walk, and then Maslin ripped a one-out single up the middle to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.  The next batter walked to load the bases, and that’s where the game took a wild turn.

Joyce took his turn at the plate with the bases full, and watched a wild pitch skip away to allow a run to score, bringing the Eagles within one.  Joyce was then issued an intentional walk to load the bases again, and Jacob Raby (Granite Falls, N.C.) was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run.  NCCU completed the improbable rally after a balk brought home the winning run, completing an inning where the Eagles put five men aboard with just a single hit.

Austin Vernon (Raleigh, N.C.) finished the contest as the pitcher of record after firing two spotless innings with three strikeouts.

NCCU will finish its lengthy season-opening homestand with a three-game weekend series against Delaware State that will begin on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park.  Admission is free.

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