Spartans Drop Final Game of 2023 at Coppin State

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HANOVER, Md. | The Norfolk State University baseball team concluded the season on Saturday afternoon with a 10-1 Northeast Conference (NEC) loss to Coppin State at Joe Cannon Stadium.

With Saturday’s win, Coppin State (21-31 overall, 14-16 NEC) moved into a three-way tie for the sixth and final NEC Baseball Tournament spot with Merrimack and Maryland Eastern Shore. However, Maryland Eastern Shore won the tiebreaker, advancing the Hawks to the tournament. Norfolk State finishes the season 9-42 and 6-24 in NEC play.

After a scoreless first three innings, Coppin State struck for two runs in the bottom of the fourth as the Eagles grabbed a 2-0 lead.

CSU extended the advantage to 6-0 with four runs on just one hit and took advantage of four walks and a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth.

Eagles starting pitcher Jordan Hamberg took a no-hitter into the seventh, but saw it disappear as Norfolk State picked up one run on two hits, closing the gap to 6-1.

Jacob Council opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on the Spartans’ first hit of the game, a base hit to right by Justin Journette. Cam Mazell followed with a single to left to load the bases. With one down, Dominic Joseph reached on a fielder’s choice as Council scored.

Coppin State took advantage of four NSU errors in the bottom of the eighth as the Eagles stretched the lead to 10-1.

The Spartans finished with one run on two hits, committed four errors and stranded five on base, while the Eagles registered 10 runs on nine hits and left five on base.

Antonio Velasquez (1-7) was saddled with the loss as he was tagged for six runs on six hits, walked five and struck out three in four innings. Donovan Whitfield and Mac Yarbrough pitched in relief.

Hamberg (4-4) earned the victory in seven innings of action. He surrendered one run on two hits, fanned 12 and walked four. Tim Ruffino and Rashad Ruff worked out of the bullpen.


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