NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State softball team will play its last two home games on Wednesday before a longer road stretch as the Spartans welcome North Carolina Central to the NSU Softball Field. The two teams will play a pair of games beginning at 2 p.m.
The matchup against the Eagles, a member of the MEAC Southern Division, will serve as NSU’s last home games before the final weekends of the year. The Spartans will play the next nine on the road after Wednesday’s contests before host Hampton and Morgan State for four games at the end of the regular season beginning on April 30.
Live stats and a live video feed for the games against NCCU will be available.
It will also mark the second of four straight weeks NSU will play a non-conference doubleheader in the middle of the week. The Spartans will enter the day carrying an 11-17 overall record, while the Eagles stand 3-34 and will be trying to break a 12-game losing streak.
NSU is coming off a Sunday doubleheader against Morgan State that saw the Bears win the first game, 9-2, before the Spartans came back to take the second, 5-3. A three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth gave NSU the lead for good. Last year the Spartans had just one win when trailing after the fourth, fifth, or sixth innings, but they already have four this season.
The Eagles lost their first 18 games this season before taking game 2 of a doubleheader against Howard on March 11. They also swept a twinbill from UMES, another MEAC Northern Division rival of NSU’s, to arrive at three wins this year. NCCU’s offense is hitting just .219 this year, led by Markell Wylie at .310. She has also scored a team-high 18 runs as the only player above .300 on the year. Jenny Tracy is just under that mark at .298 with four home runs and 12 RBI, while Dominique Wilson has contributed a team-best 17 RBI with a .282 average.
Three different pitchers have split the majority of innings, with Jennifer Allison owning the best ERA at 5.55 in 87.0 innings. She has made 13 starters, as has London Booker, who owns two of the Eagles’ wins. Booker, however, has given up 137 hits and 72 earned runs in 79.2 innings for a 6.33 ERA. Wilson has made 10 starts and carries a 6.27 ERA in 41.1 innings of work.
NSU owns a 34-9 edge in the all-time series with North Carolina Central, although the Eagles have won three of the last four over the past two years. Prior to that, though, NSU had won 19 of the previous 21 meetings dating back to 2008, when the teams started playing on a regular basis each season.
NSU will travel to Howard this weekend for a three-game MEAC series beginning on Saturday. The nine-game road stretch will continue with doubleheaders at Longwood, UMES and UMBC. The Spartans then close out the regular season at home with a three-game series against Hampton and a single game versus Morgan State.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.