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NSU and BCU’s wild finish opens day two of MEAC baseball tournament

Wild pitch ends wild game

Courtesy of MEAC Sports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., May 17, 2018—Mother Nature postponed festivities at possibly the worst possible time, but Norfolk State took advantage Thursday morning, defeating Bethune-Cookman 8-7 on a walkoff wild pitch at Sliwa Stadium to open the second day of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championship.

Persistent storms on Wednesday had pushed the finish of the game to Thursday morning, with the game tied 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth. The Spartans, the No. 2 seed out of the Northern Division, had runners on first and second with nobody out.

Tony Leite walked to load the bases once play resumed, before Stephen Baughan struck out and Justin Hayes was thrown out from third on an attempted suicide squeeze.

Then, with Syeed Mahdi at the plate, an errant pitch skipped to the backstop and Alsander Womack scored the winning run.

The Spartans (19-28) will face Southern Division top seed North Carolina A&T State later this afternoon, while Bethune-Cookman (20-33) dropped to the elimination bracket to take on Maryland Eastern Shore.

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