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Spartans host UMES for Easter weekend series

Marissa Marrero

Marissa Marrero

NORFOLK, Va. – The Easter holiday this weekend will give the Norfolk State softball team the rare Friday-Saturday MEAC series when UMES comes to town. Barring any changes due to weather, the two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday at noon at the NSU Softball Field.
 
Live stats and a live video feed will be available for all three games.
 
It will mark the second straight weekend the Spartans will play a conference opponent at home after opening up MEAC play last weekend against Howard. NSU swept the Bison to move to 3-0 in the Northern Division standings.
 
UMES, meanwhile, owns a 1-5 record in conference play after being swept by Coppin State on Tuesday and Wednesday at home. Earlier in the season, Howard took two of three from UMES. The Hawks own a 3-20 overall record, including wins over Southern Division teams Savannah State and South Carolina State, while the Spartans enter Friday’s twinbill 4-16 overall.
 
Early MEAC Standings
Hampton swept Delaware State last weekend, while Coppin State’s three-game series triumph over UMES means those two schools along with NSU each currently own a 3-0 record so far this season. Howard (2-4) and UMES (1-5) rank in the next two spots, while Morgan State has yet to play and Delaware State sits at 0-3.
 
This weekend, Morgan State plays at Delaware State, while Coppin State travels to Howard.
 
MEAC Leaderboard
Alina Moriarty ranks fifth in the conference in slugging at .643 and eighth in hitting at .375. Senior Sommer Di Fulgo has drawn 14 walks this year, good enough for fourth in the MEAC. She has also thrown out a MEAC best eight runners this year from her catcher’s spot.
 
Senior pitcher Liz Riley currently ranks sixth in strikeouts with 54.
 
National Leaderboard
Sommer Di Fulgo stands 42nd in the nation in walks per game at 0.78. Liz Riley is currently 150th in the country with 6.2 strikeouts per seven innings.
 
Inching Closer
Senior Alina Moriarty continues to inch closer to breaking several Spartan career records. She now needs 21 more hits to top the record of 205 set by Morgan Boyd last year. She also needs three more doubles, five more home runs, 39 more total bases and 62 more at bats to top those school marks.
 
The total bases record has stood since 1987 when Ursel Bruton set the current standard with 316. Moriarty’s 18 career home runs rank third all-time, behind Bruton and Lekita Wilson, who each hit 22 during their time at NSU. The at bats record was set by Brianeisha Eure in 2010 at 595, while Jeanette Sauceda hit 37 doubles during her career that ended in 2011.
 
About UMES
The Hawks are led offensively by Vanessa Gomez, who is hitting .394 and leads the team with 17 runs, 28 hits, five doubles, two triples, two homers and 13 stolen bases while also adding 10 RBI. Trenece Nash and Alexis Hudson are each hitting .354 in 48 at bats and have combined for six doubles and 19 RBI. Hitting just .236, Morgan King has also chipped in with five doubles and 11 RBI.
 
Pitching has been another issue, though, as the Hawks own a team ERA of 11.23. Adrienne Guerra has started 11 of the 23 games and owns a 2-9 record and a 10.98 ERA in 60.2 innings. Abria Tinsley (0-5, 9.78 ERA) and Kaitlyn Hitch (1-6, 12.89 ERA) have each started six games for UMES.
 
Up Next
NSU will hit the road to play a three-game series at Morgan State on April 11 and 12.

Originally Posted By NSUSpartans.com