HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra Pride scored 10 runs in the first three innings on Wednesday en route to a 12-3 victory over Coppin State at University field.
The Pride opened the scoring with three in the first, three in the second and four more in the third before the Eagles could get on the board with three runs in the fourth.
The win dropped Coppin State to 2-23 on the season while Hofstra improved to 8-16.
Coppin State did all of its scoring in the fourth inning with the big hit coming off of the bat of Roman Batista
. Leading off the inning, Patrick Regalado
walked and after a Carlos Russell
strike out, advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Catcher Oscar Santalo
reached on the second walk of the inning and then both runners moved into scoring position on another wild pitch.
That set the table for Batista, who singled to right field, driving in his ninth and tenth RBI’s of the season, and advanced to second on a fielding error by right fielder Tony Schmitt. Batista then moved to third on a groundout by Mike Hatcher
before coming around to score on the third wild pitch of the inning.
Batista finished with two of the Eagles four hits on the day, with Santalo and Russell adding the other two.
Coppin State received an outstanding relief pitching performance from Harry Williams
, who is also the Eagles leading hitter. Williams threw five and two-thirds innings in relief of Russell, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks.
Matt Kougasian led the Pride with four runs batted in while Mark Stuckless and Nick Panzarella each added two hits.
Coppin State is back in action on Saturday when they travel to Norfolk, Virginia to take on Norfolk State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference match-up. The teams will play a double header on Saturday March 29 starting a 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at Noon.