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Spartans host Hartford, Buffalo for Spartan Classic this weekend


NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State softball team will play its second straight weekend at home when the Spartans host Hartford and Buffalo for the two-day Spartan Classic. Each team will play the other two twice, once on Saturday and once on Sunday at the NSU Softball Field.

Action gets underway on Saturday when Buffalo and Hartford compete at 10 a.m. NSU will take on Hartford at 12:30 p.m., followed by its game against Buffalo at 3 p.m. Then on Sunday, Hartford and Buffalo play again at 9:30 a.m., and NSU takes on Buffalo (noon) and Hartford (2:30 p.m.) after that. Start times for the second and third games each day are tentative based on the length of the games beforehand.

Norfolk State will have live video for Sunday’s games but will only have video for the Buffalo-Hartford game on Saturday due to having softball, baseball and basketball all at home that day. Live stats will be available for all six games at the tournament through the NSU athletics website.

The Spartans began their season last weekend by splitting a doubleheader at home against Marist. NSU won the first contest 4-3 before Marist came back to win the second game, 6-2. It marked the first time in four years the Spartans were victorious on opening day.

Hartford has not played a game yet this season. Buffalo owns a 0-5 record after its first week of action in Louisiana. The Bulls will play at George Mason on Friday before heading down to Norfolk.

NSU has never played Buffalo and is 2-4 all-time against Hartford, having last played the Hawks in 2013 at a tournament at Delaware. The teams split their two meetings there, with Hartford winning 3-2 and NSU returning the favor the next day in a 5-3 victory. The Spartans also hosted Hartford in tournaments in 2004 and ’08.

Norfolk State Update
Sophomore Kylee Lopez hit a two-run single and starting pitcher Hunter Halford blasted a two-run home run to account for NSU’s scoring in the game 1 win over Marist last Saturday. She also pitched in relief in game 2 to finish with a 2.33 ERA in nine innings of work.

Lopez and freshman Meaghan Barfield each had two hits in game 2. Lopez finished the series 4-for-5 with three RBI, and Barfield scored a pair of runs while hitting one of the team’s two doubles on the weekend. Senior Devon Bitler batted 3-for-6 as well. More encouraging for the Spartans, they committed just one error in the field on 57 total chances.

Buffalo Update
Prior to the Bulls’ game Friday at George Mason, Alyssa Cuevas had led the way with a 4-for-9 start to the season with three RBI. Ufuoma Ogagan (4-for-10, two runs) and Savannah Norcio (4-for-11, three runs) also hit well for a team that came out of the weekend with a .242 batting average.

Bobbi Langlois pitched 15 innings but allowed 21 runs, 11 earned, with seven strikeouts. Brieanna Baker started twice, while Ally Power pitched eight innings and gave up four earned runs with eight K’s.


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