PRINCESS ANNE, Md.
-- David Hamlett
went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs leading Coppin State to a 5-4 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore and a split of a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Hawk Stadium.
Hamlett had an RBI single in the first inning and a key sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as Coppin State snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory.
picked up the victory for the Eagles on the mound and improved to 2-3 on the season. Burgess went 5.2 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out three.
Closer Michael Roberts
worked the final 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit to earn his fifth save of the season.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead in game two by scoring two runs.
Cozart hit a one-out double and Hamlett followed with a single that scored Cozart for the first run of the game.
Hamlett advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Kraft reached on a UMES fielding error.
The Hawks tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning, but Coppin State responded with a run in the top of the fourth inning.
Kraft singled to start the rally and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Brown
. Kraft came around to score when Dower reached on another UMES fielding error.
UMES once again tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Eagles took the lead for good with a run in the top of the fifth inning.
Hamlett hit a one-out single and advanced to second when Kraft hit a single to right. The Eagles loaded the bases when Brown was hit by a pitch and Hamlett came in to score on a wild pitch giving CSU a 4-3 lead.
Coppin State extended the lead to 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning when Hamlett hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dower.
UMES won the first game 3-2 as it scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie.
Coppin State improved to 13-28 overall and 8-12 in the MEAC, while UMES dropped to 8-37 overall and 4-16 in conference play.
The teams will conclude the three-game series tomorrow at noon.