Summer Leagues On Tap For Norfolk State Baseball After Record-Setting 2016





Norfolk State Sports Information


NORFOLK, Va. – Coming off the Spartans’ most successful season in their Division I era, 12 Norfolk State baseball players disperse to points across the country this month to work on their craft in summer collegiate baseball leagues.

The added experience helps NSU players stay sharp and face top competition while school is out of session, serving as a bridge between the spring college baseball season and the fall intrasquad season.

Last summer, 16 Spartans played in summer collegiate wooden bat leagues, which is believed to be the highest number in school history. The Spartans headed to the summer leagues this year are coming off NSU’s second straight winning season. For the second consecutive year, NSU set a new program Division I wins record, compiling 29 victories against 21 losses. NSU also matched the 2015 team for the most MEAC wins in school history, with 19 (19-5 record) en route to their second straight MEAC Northern Division title.

Spartan pitchers also contributed to a trio of school records in 2016, including most single-season strikeouts by an NSU staff (416), best team ERA in the school’s Division I era (3.66) and tied for the most shutouts in school history, with nine.

This summer, six Spartans will be playing in the Coastal Plain League, one of the top summer collegiate leagues on the East Coast. Four NSU pitchers – Devin Hemmerich, Alex Mauricio, Michael Parmentier and Robbie Hiser – will pitch for the Hampton-based Peninsula Pilots. Mauricio (3-1, 3.25 ERA, 5 saves) and Parmentier (1-3, 4.12, 4 saves) earned All-MEAC honors as relief pitchers, while Hemmerich (5-4, 3.86) and Parmentier were MEAC All-Tournament selections. Hiser sat out the college season while recovering from an injury.

In addition to the four pitchers, catcher Ismael Herrera and utility man Brian Beard will be playing in the CPL with the Martinsville Mustangs. Herrera started 28 games and played in 37 this year for NSU, while Beard played in 46 games and batted .299 for the Spartans.

First-team All-MEAC pitcher Jonathan Mauricio (6-2, 2.29) will be playing in the Piedmont League this summer, while first baseman/DH Robbie Depp (28 games played) will play with the Victor RailRiders of the New York-based Perfect Game Collegiate baseball League. Catcher Chris Ford (30 games played, 21 starts) and outfielder Kevin Granger (33 games played, 8 starts) will spend their summer on the West Coast, playing in the California Collegiate League. Ford will play for the Long Beach Legends, and Granger for the Walnut Creek Crawdads.

Back in Virginia, outfielders Tony Leite (.256, 1 HR, 14 RBI) and Terrence Pinkston (Jackson State transfer, sat out ’16 season) will suit up for the Virginia Beach Sea Monsters in the inaugural season of the Virginia Beach Collegiate Baseball League.

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