NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State softball team scored two runs in the fifth inning of game 1 to win 9-1 over North Carolina Central on Wednesday afternoon at the NSU Softball Field. The Eagles came back to win the second contest, 7-2, to split a non-conference doubleheader.
Senior Whitney Williams had a big afternoon for NSU, hitting 5-for-7 with four RBI over the course of the day. The Spartans piled up 12 hits in the first game, while NCCU had 10 in second contest.
NSU (12-18) used a big six-run third inning to break the first contest open. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with no outs, and two more walks plated a pair of runs. Freshman Stephanie Davenport, sophomore Seana Moriarty and Williams hit consecutive RBI singles to score three more runs, and a fielding error on NCCU (4-35) scored the last run of the frame.
Both teams had scored in the first, as Williams answered NCCU’s RBI hit with an RBI single of her own to center to tie the score at 1-1. After leaving five runners on base over the first two innings, the Spartans exploded for those six runs in the third for a 7-1 lead.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Moriarty walked and Williams hit a bunt single down the third base line to put two runners on base. After the Eagles turned a double play, senior Megan Dunning singled past the pitcher to score Moriarty. Dunning went to third on a single by sophomore Megan Przeslawski and then scored when NCCU booted a ball off the bat of freshman Hunter Halford.
Halford (3-4) earned the win for NSU, pitching all five innings and allowing just two hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Williams and Dunning had three hits apiece, while Williams drove in a pair of runs. Davenport, Moriarty and Dunning each scored a pair of runs.
Williams hit 2-for-3 with two RBI in game 2, which was scoreless until the Eagles broke through with four runs in the fourth inning. London Booker hit a two-run double, and a sac fly and an error on a dropped third strike scored the other two runs.
The Spartans got one of those back in the bottom of the frame when Williams lined her fifth homer of the season over the center field fence. NCCU, though, scored two more in the fifth for a 6-1 lead, the first on a sac fly by Dominique Wilson and the second on Booker’s second homer of the year.
Moriarty doubled and scored on a single by Williams in the sixth, but the Eagles added one more RBI hit in the seventh for the final 7-2 margin.
Booker (3-14) gave up five hits and two earned runs while striking out eight in all seven innings. Williams had two of NSU’s five hits in the game.
NSU will travel to Howard to play a three-game series beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.