Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 15, 2019) ---Norfolk State scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overcome a two-run deficit in a back-and-forth 8-5 victory over Delaware State in the MEAC opener for both teams at Marty Miller Field today.
The score was 3-3 when the Hornets scored two runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead. The Spartans responded with five in the bottom of the inning to claim the win.
Delaware State opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Adrian Hill singled to lead off the game and John Weglarz followed with a bunt single to put runners on second and first. Hill and Weglarz each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Jared Gillis. Tripp Kimmel followed with a fly out to right, chasing Hill home with the first run of the game.
Norfolk State answered with two runs in the bottom of the first off DSU starter Garrett Lawson to lead 2-1.
The Hornets regained the lead with two runs in the top of the third. Weglarz and Gillis each singled to lead off the inning. The runners moved up on a sacrifice by Kimmel. Weglarz came home on a groundout by Cole Garey to tie the game. The Hornets pulled back ahead when Gillis scored on a two-out double by Todd Henry.
Norfolk State tied the game at 3-3 when Justin Hayes singled with one out, stole second and crossed the plate on a double by Alsander Womack off Lawson.
Delaware State again pulled out in front with two runs in the eighth. Gillis led off the inning with an infield single for his second hit of the game. Kimmel then singled to center to put runners at second and first. Each runner moved up a base on a wild pitch. When Carey followed with a walk, the Hornets had a bases loaded with none out. Todd Henry gave DSU a 4-3 lead on a sac fly to score Gillis. Kimmel advanced to third on the fly ball and scored on a passed ball to give the Hornets a 5-3 lead.
Freshman Robert Shorts relieved Lawson in the bottom of the eighth. Shorts entered the game with a win (1-0) and a save, to go along with a 1.08 earned run average in four games. After he retired the first Norfolk State batter of the inning, the next nine hitters reached base, six on base hits with five crossing the plate.
Norfolk State closer Trent Hanchey retired the Hornets in order in the bottom of the ninth, including two by strikeout.
NSU starter Chase Anderson was the winning pitcher, going eight innings, allowing nine hits and five runs (four earned), while striking out four and walking two.
Lawson had a no-decision for the Hornets. He allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) with seven Ks and two walks in seven innings.
Hill, Weglarz, Kimmel and Henry had two hits each for the Hornets. Hill was two-for-three to raise his season average to .306.
Hayes (3-for-5) and Womack (3-for-4) led Norfolk State’s 12-hit attack. Womack also drove in two runs.
The Hornets (5-9; 0-1 MEAC) and Spartans (5-10; 1-0 MEAC) will continue the series with single games on Saturday (2:00 p.m) and Sunday (1:00 p.m.).