NORFOLK, Va. – Morgan State broke a long losing streak to Norfolk State with a win in game 1, but the Spartan softball team scored three runs in the fifth inning of game 2 to split a doubleheader with the Bears on Sunday, April 10, afternoon in a conference matchup at the NSU Softball Field.
The Bears scored seven runs in the first two innings to win the first game by a 9-2 margin. The Spartans mounted a rally in the second game for a 5-3 victory. MSU’s win broke a 13-game losing streak to NSU, which had swept the season series from the Bears each of the last four years.
At the end of the day, NSU stood at 6-3 in MEAC play while Morgan State ran its record to 5-3. The two teams will play the third game of the series on May 7 after it was pushed back from Saturday.
Freshman Stephanie Davenport delivered in the bottom of the fifth of game 2 to put the Spartans ahead for good after being down by one. Back-to-back doubles by junior Kayla McNair and senior Megan Dunning put runners on second and third with no outs. After a walk and a strikeout, Davenport lined one past the first baseman to bring home two runs. Sophomore Megan Przeslawski stopped at third but took off for home when the Bears tried to get Davenport in a rundown between second and third.
Freshman pitcher Hunter Halford (2-4) got the win after allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned, in all seven innings of work.
NSU improved its overall record to 11-17 while MSU fell to 10-21.
The Bears got going right away in game 2 much like they did in the first contest, scoring two in the top of the first on a sac fly to right and then a passed ball. NSU got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. With senior Heather Dunning on second, senior Whitney Williams lined one into right. A wild throw to home allowed Dunning to score NSU’s first run of the game.
Then in the second inning with a runner on first, Dunning dropped a double to left center to score junior Devon Bitler and tie the game at 2-2. MSU added another sac fly in the third to regain the lead.
After stranding two runners on in both the third and fourth innings, the Spartans finally broke through in the fifth.
In the first game, Morgan State got three runs across in the first inning, the first on a solo home run by Kate Vosper and then two more on a wild pitch and RBI double later in the inning. NSU came right back in the bottom of the first, as a walk and error put runners on first and second. McNair followed with a shot past the shortstop that rolled all the way to the wall in left center for a two-run double.
The Bears, though, added four more runs in the second, capped by a two-run single by Kimberly Salvas. That extended Morgan State’s lead to 7-2. They later added single runs in the fourth and seventh innings for the final margin.
Amy Begg (7-10) got the win in game 1 after allowing five hits and one earned run in all seven innings. She started game 2 but allowed nine hits and five runs, four of them earned.
Dunning had a pair of hits in both games after sitting out the last few weeks due to injury. McNair finished 3-for-5 on the day.
NSU will host North Carolina Central on Wednesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.