-- Coppin State rode the pitching of Shane Davies
and Will Grebenstein
to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference sweep of Norfolk State on Saturday at Joe Cannon Stadium.
Davies pitched 7.1 strong innings in the Eagles 4-1 victory in the opener and Grebenstein pitched a complete game in Coppin State's 3-1 win in game two.
With the two wins, Coppin State improves to 16-29 overall and 11-12 in the MEAC Northern Division. The 16 wins is the most by any Coppin State team since the 2005 team won 21 games. The Eagles are also poised to move past Norfolk State into second place in the conference standings with a victory in the series finale on Sunday.
Davies allowed just five hits and one run in the opening game. Closer Michael Roberts
worked the final 1.2 and allowed just one hit.
Grebenstein went the full seven innings in the second game and also allowed just five hits and one run. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five in improving to 3-0 on the season.
Coppin State had only four hits in game two, but took advantage of six Norfolk State walks.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game one.
Kashangaki singled and stole second base to start the inning. Cozart drew a walk and Kashangaki stole third base. Chris Godfrey
reached on a fielder's choice, but Kashangaki was tagged out trying to score from third base.
Kraft delivered an RBI single to right that scored Cozart and gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Brown followed with a double that scored Godfrey upping the lead to 2-0.
Coppin State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on RBI singles by Cozart and Hamlett.
Coppin State also jumped out to an early lead in the second game.
Cozart drew a one-out walk to start the rally in the bottom of the first inning and Hamlett also drew a free pass.
Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Kraft doubled to right scoring Cozart with the first run of the game.
The Eagles added a run in the bottom of the second inning when Jay Maletz
singled in Brown who had walked to lead off the inning.
Coppin State upped the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Kashangaki drew a bases-loaded walk to score Maletz.
The two teams will conclude the series with a nine-inning game scheduled to start at 12 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium.