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Spartans hold W&M to 3 hits, pull away for 6-3 victory

Alex Mauricio allowed just one hit in four innings of relief pitching and the Norfolk State offense came to life in the middle innings to lift the Spartans to a 6-3 win over William & Mary on Tuesday, April 19,  night at Marty L. Miller Field. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

Alex Mauricio allowed just one hit in four innings of relief pitching and the Norfolk State offense came to life in the middle innings to lift the Spartans to a 6-3 win over William & Mary on Tuesday, April 19, night at Marty L. Miller Field. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – Alex Mauricio allowed just one hit in four innings of relief pitching and the Norfolk State offense came to life in the middle innings to lift the Spartans to a 6-3 win over William & Mary on Tuesday, April 19,  night at Marty L. Miller Field.

The victory was the Spartans’ fourth in a row, 11th in their last 15 games and lifted NSU’s record over .500 (17-16) for the first time this season.

NSU starter Cooper Jones and relievers Mauricio and Michael Parmentier combined to limit William & Mary (17-19) to just three hits. The Spartans, meanwhile, didn’t manage a hit of their own until the fifth inning, but pieced together three two-run frames to overcome the Tribe.

W&M got on the board with two runs in the top of the second. Ryder Miconi and Charles Ameer both walked and later scored on a two-run double by Josh Smith, the first hit of the game off Jones.

NSU managed to tie the game without benefit of a hit in the third. Chase Anderson and Ismael Herrera led off the inning by drawing back-to-back walks off Tribe starter Kinston Carson. Both runners moved up on Kevin Granger’s sacrifice bunt. Anderson scored on Denathan Dukes’ sacrifice fly into foul territory, and Herrera scored on a two-out passed ball to tie the score.

Jones exited after four innings and with the game tied at 2. Mauricio moved from shortstop to the mound and walked the first batter he faced, Ryan Hall. Cullen Large tripled Hall in to give the Tribe a 3-2 lead.

It proved to be short lived, however. NSU was still without a hit entering the bottom of the fifth. But Herrera walked and Granger was hit by a pitch with two outs. Dukes then lined a double down the left-field line for NSU’s first hit of the night, scoring both Herrera and Granger to give the Spartans a 4-3 advantage.

Dukes’ hit seemed to wake up the NSU offense. Roger Hall and Kyle Vaas led off the sixth inning with two straight singles, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Mauricio hit a sacrifice fly and Angel Rosario hit an RBI double to stretch NSU’s lead to 6-3.

Mauricio and Parmentier shut the door on the Tribe from there. W&M didn’t have a hit after Large’s triple in the fifth, and had just two base runners in the final four innings.

Mauricio allowed just one hit, one walk and one run while striking out four in four innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. Parmentier struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to record his third save of the year and second in as many games. Jones took a no decision, allowing just two hits and two runs in four innings to get the Spartans started.

Dukes went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Hall was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Spartans, who have won two of their last three with the Tribe and split the season series.

Large batted 2-for-3 for W&M. Carson (1-2) took the loss despite not allowing a hit in 4.2 innings pitched. He allowed four runs (three earned) and walked three.

The Spartans host Coppin State for a three-game series this Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at Marty L. Miller Field.

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.