GLEN BURNIE, Md.
-- John Walls
drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Myles Taylor
pitched 4.2 innings of strong relief leading the Eagles to a 5-4 victory over George Mason, which snapped CSU's 44-game losing streak, on Wednesday at the Bachman Sports Complex.
Coppin State dropped its final six games of the 2011 season and had lost 38 straight to open the 2012 season before finally breaking through against George Mason.
"These kids deserve it," said head coach Sherman Reed
. "They persevered, even when we fell behind in the eighth inning. Nobody dropped their head. They just kept playing baseball."
After Coppin State had rallied to tie the score 3-3 in the fifth inning, George Mason took the lead by scoring a run in the top of the eighth inning.
drew a one-out walk to start the Coppin State rally and advanced to second when Ian Arciaga
followed with a base hit up the middle.
The Eagles loaded the bases with one out when pinch-hitter Madison Neddo
was hit by a pitch.
Coppin State tied the score at 4-4 when Zach Hawk
drew a bases loaded walk that forced in Savage.
Walls then drove the first pitch he saw from reliever Branden Bartlett to right, which allowed Arciaga to come home with the go-ahead run.
Taylor, who allowed just two hits and one earned run in 4.2 innings, had to work out of a jam in the top of the ninth inning to secure the victory.
Blaise Fernandez doubled to right center to lead off the inning, but Taylor got a fly out, a liner to shortstop and then struck out Jake Leonardo to end the game.
"The ninth inning was fun," said Taylor. "I just wanted to get a win."
George Mason (28-16) took an early lead when it scored three times in the top of the second inning.
Coppin State (1-38) began its comeback with a run in the bottom of the second inning.
Savage singled to center and advanced to third on a base hit from Arciaga. He later scored when Hawk hit an RBI groundout to second cutting the lead to 3-1.
The Eagles trimmed the lead to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, Alex Brown
singled to left. He advanced to second and third on wild pitches by Patriot starter Brandon Kuter and came in to score on a passed ball.
Coppin State then tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Walls was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dawan Smith
. Walls moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Michael Wright delivered a base hit to left.
Taylor picked up the win in relief for Coppin State, while Neight Hoffa took the loss for George Mason.
Hawk finished the game with two RBI for the Eagles, while Wright and Arciaga each had two hits.