Howard’s Vasquez’s Walk-Off Lifts Softball Over Norfolk State

Howard University freshman Alyssa Vasquez delivers a three-run walk-off homer in the victory over Norfolk State Rodney Pierce

NORFOLK, Va. (May 11, 2022) – Freshman Alyssa Vasquez (Downey, Calif.) delivered a walk-off three-run homer in the eighth to lift the Howard University softball team over Norfolk State (NSU), 11-8, in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament opening round.


Bottom eight with the score tied, 8-8, All-MEAC honoree senior Camille Navarro (Los Angeles) started the Bison rally with a triple to right center. After a walk from newcomer Lealani Ricks (Madera, Calif.), Vasquez powered a three-run shot to dead center and gave Howard a vital win over Norfolk State.


Offensively, HU recorded 11 runs on 14 hits with five Bison registering multi-hit performances. Vasquez batted 3-of-5 with six RBIs (career-best) and pair of runs scored in the win.


After NSU took an early 1-0 advantage, HU exploded for five runs in the first, highlighted by a three-run blast from All-MEAC First Team selection senior Kalita Dennis (Elk Grove, Calif.), 5-1.


Norfolk State gradually chipped away at the deficit with runs in the second and third, 5-3.


Top five, NSU regained the upper hand with a four-run inning, 7-5, followed by another run in the sixth to extend the margin, 8-5, but the Bison refused to go away.


HU scored three times in the sixth, capped off by Vasquez’s two-run tying double; thus, forcing eventually extra innings.


Out the bullpen, senior Sydney Hixenbaugh (Millstone, N.J.) tossed 3.2 innings in the victory.


With the victory, HU faces top-seeded Morgan State Thursday (May 12) at 3 p.m.


NSU (32-22) falls in the loser’s bracket where they will face No. 4 Maryland Eastern Shore in an elimination game.


About Howard Athletics


The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent three conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Northeast Conference (NEC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).


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