NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State softball team came back to win the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader by a 7-5 score over Delaware State to salvage a three-game conference series with DSU at Hornets’ Nest field. Delaware State won the first game in five innings, 8-0.
DSU limited the Spartans to just three hits in that first contest. Senior Megan Dunning hit a grand slam for NSU in the second contest, and the Spartans held off the Hornets in the series finale. Delaware State (11-14, 4-2 MEAC) had won Friday’s contest to take two of three in a key series between two teams expected to compete at the top of the conference standings.
The win in the second game did keep NSU tied with Delaware State at 4-2 in MEAC play. The Spartans improved to 9-14 overall.
Dunning’s third-inning home run put the Spartans ahead 6-0 in the second game. Junior Hannah Haustein had hit an RBI single in the second inning, and sophomore Megan Przeslawski also had an RBI hit in the third before Dunning later cleared the bases with a homer to left field.
Sandy Hawthorne’s two-run double in the bottom of the third cut the Spartan advantage to 6-2, and an RBI hit by DSU in the fourth sliced another run off that lead. Sophomore Seana Moriarty doubled in a run in the sixth to put the Spartans back up by four, but Delaware State mounted a rally in the bottom of the frame.
Three straight hits loaded the bases for DSU, but NSU turned an unassisted double play to erase one of those runners. That proved instrumental, as the Hornets had back-to-back RBI hits to make it 7-5. Spartan starter Marissa Marrero, however, got the third out of the inning to preserve the lead.
Marrero then retired three of DSU’s best hitters in a row in the seventh to earn the win, improving her record to 5-7. She allowed 11 hits and five earned runs while striking out four.
Nicole Brock (5-4) took the loss after allowing all seven runs, but just two earned, in six innings.
Przeslawski and junior Devon Bitler each went 2-for-4 and scored two runs in the second game. Each also had a hit in the first contest.
Brock, meanwhile, had a solid outing in game 1 for DSU, striking out eight and allowing just three hits in a five-inning shutout.
Rochelle Sablay hit 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI, while Haley Jones drove in three runs for the Hornets.
DSU scored three runs in each of the first and second innings to build a 6-0 lead. Sablay hit a three-run home run in the second inning, and Jones hit a two-run shot in the fourth for the final eight-run margin.
NSU will travel to UMES next weekend for a three-game conference series.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.