Outfielders and pitchers highlight this past weekend’s action as Black College Nines (BCN) continues its season long coverage of Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball.
Norfolk State University
In a big MEAC conference match up battle for first place in the Northern Division, Norfolk State earned a doubleheader sweep of Coppin State by scores of 6-0 and 4-3 this past weekend.
Outfielder Justin Hayes led the Spartans at the plate. In eight at bats, Hayes produced a .625 batting average with five hits, scored three runs, one home run (a three-run shot in game one of the twinbill) and drove four runs.
On the mound, Chase Anderson shut down a good Coppin State offensive hitting team. He pitched seven shutout innings allowing five hits, no earned runs and struck out eight Eagles batters in the game one win.
In a four game sweep of Red River Athletic Conference foe Huston-Tillotson, the Steers offense was a total team effort in the four-game win.
Outfielder Khalyd Cox provided the spark at the plate in two of the four games. He hit .500, scored four runs, with 4 hits in eight at bats, one home run, four runs batted in and stole four bases.
Pitcher Michael Traylor, in game two of the series with Huston-Tillotson, threw a seven-inning complete game, yielding five hits and no runs while striking out six and walking only one batter.
Coppin State University
Coppin State shut out its MEAC rival Norfolk State, 5-0, to avoid being swept in an important Divisional match up for first place in the standings this past Sunday.
Eagle hurler Devin Rivera Ozuna improved to 7-1 on the year and 5-0 in MEAC play, tossing 6.1 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just four hits while striking out a career-high 11 batters.