PRINCESS ANNE, Md.– The Coppin State baseball team fell 19-3 and 6-4 in its conference-opening doubleheader against Md.-Eastern Shore on Saturday at Hawk Stadium.
The Eagles fall to 0-18 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while the Hawks improve to 5-18 overall and 2-0 in the league.
led CSU by batting 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in both games. Harry Williams
tallied four hits on the afternoon and led the team with four RBI.
In game one, Josh Dean led off the second inning with a home run, Tyler Winch tripled in a run, and Joel Gonzalez drove in a run to give UMES a 3-0 lead. The Hawks increased their lead to 8-0 with five runs in the third from six singles and an Eagle error.
Richburg singled, stole second, and scored on a single from Williams in the top of the fourth. Richburg doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth to cut the lead to 8-3.
Md.-Eastern Shore nearly batted twice through its order for 11 runs off nine hits to cement the win in the sixth.
Dustin Longchamps went the distance to earn the win for the Hawks. He allowed three runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings on the mound.
Coppin State took a 2-0 lead in the nightcap with a run in the second and third innings. Chris Roberts
scored on a pair of errors after walking in the first, and Williams doubled in DeShawn Daniel
, who singled, in the third.
Md.-Eastern Shore scored six unanswered runs over the next four innings. Eric Gaines singled and Gonzalez brought him home with a triple in the bottom of the third. Winch blasted a two-run home run to left field in the fifth, and Gonzalez drove in two runs with a single in the fifth. CSU walked in the Hawks only other run.
Daniel singled up the middle and Richburg notched an infield single and advanced to second on an error, putting two runners in scoring position with two out in the sixth. Williams singled to right field to plate the two runs but Roberts struck out swinging to end the game.
Mike Roberts earned the victory for the Hawks by striking out six and allowing one earned run in 6.2 innings on the mound. Carl Huber earned his first save of the season by striking out Roberts.
The teams will conclude the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.