NORFOLK, Va. – Lehigh scored seven runs in the final two frames in the first game, then used a four-run third inning to pull away in game two to complete a season-opening sweep of Norfolk State, 10-3 and 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field.
In the opener, the Spartans (0-2) bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, only to falter in the later innings. Lehigh (2-0) broke a 3-all tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, then put the game away with five more in the ninth. Connor Donovan’s sacrifice fly was the go-ahead run, and Jeff Shanfeldt added an RBI single for insurance in the eighth. Patrick Donnelly, Anthony Rinaldi and Mackey Price hit run-scoring doubles in the ninth.
Lehigh took the early lead in the third as Mike Garzillo walked and scored thanks to two NSU errors. Garzillo hit a two-run homer just to the left of center field to make it a 3-0 game in the fourth.
The Spartans battled back to tie it with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. NSU scored all three runs after two men were out. In the fifth, NSU strung together four straight two-out hits. Alex Mauricio got it started, and after a single by Denathan Dukes, Syeed Mahdi scored Mauricio for the Spartans’ first run. Roger Hall then knocked in Dukes with a single.
In the sixth, Ismael Herrera lined a two-out double into the right-field corner to score Robbie Depp and tie the game.
Michael Parmentier (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) in four innings of work. Mark Washington, the third Lehigh pitcher, earned the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Dukes, Hall and Herrera had two hits each in the first game for NSU.
But the Mountain Hawks struck for four runs in the third. Garzillo had an RBI double and Donnelly and Donovan both added RBI singles in the frame.
Peter Moore (1-0) took the win for the Mountain Hawks with 3.1 hitless innings of relief. Moore and starter Kevin Boswick did not allow NSU a hit after the first inning.
Chase Anderson (0-1) was saddled with the loss in his NSU debut. He allowed five runs, four earned, in 2.1 innings in the nightcap.
Lehigh outhit NSU 12-2 in the nightcap. Jacen Nalesnik and David Young both went 3-for-4 in game two, while Garzillo and Donnelly both went 2-for-4. Nalesnik, Donnelley and Young all had five hits in the doubleheader.
Mahdi and Rosario had the hits for NSU in the nightcap. Hall walked three times.
The teams conclude their series on Monday with an 11 a.m. matchup.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.