-- Freshman Jack Kraft
and sophomore David Hamlett
each drove in two runs to back a solid start from Shane Davies
leading Coppin State to a 7-3 victory over North Carolina A&T in the second round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday at Marty Miller Field.
Kraft had a two-run single and Hamlett also drove in a run during the Eagles five-run fifth inning that erased a 2-0 lead and propelled CSU to its second-straight victory in the tournament.
It marks the first time Coppin State (18-31) has won two games in the MEAC Tournament since the 2005 season. The Eagles remain in the winner's bracket and will face Savannah State, the top seed from the Southern Division, at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Davies picked up the victory for CSU as he went 6.0 innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs. Jhar Devilme
pitched three innings of scoreless relief to notch his first save of the season.
North Carolina A&T scored single runs in the top of the second inning and top of the third inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Coppin State then responded with a five-run fifth inning to take the lead for good.
hit a one-out triple to get the Coppin State rally started. The Eagles then loaded the bases with one out when Colin Dower
reached on an error and Chris Kashangaki
was hit by a pitch.
Coppin State scored its first run of the game when Mike Wright
reached on an RBI fielder's choice, which brought home Pitts to cut the lead to 2-1.
Hamlett tied the score at 2-2 when he singled to left, which brought home Dower with the tying run.
loaded the bases when he followed with a single and Kraft then gave the Eagles the lead for good at 4-2 with a single that scored Wright and Hamlett.
Coppin State extended the lead to 5-2 when Alex Brown
reached on an infield single that scored Godfrey.
North Carolina A&T countered with a run in the top of the sixth inning to trim the lead to 5-3, but Coppin State tallied twice in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead.
Kashangaki hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt. Wright drew a walk and stole second base and Hamlett delivered Kashangaki with a sacrifice fly to center and Wright also scored on a throwing error that gave CSU a 7-3 lead.
Devilme entered the game in the top of the seventh inning and held the Aggies at bay.