GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina A&T scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning and rallied for a 5-3 victory over Coppin State and a sweep of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
Coppin State built a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning only to see the Aggies rally for four runs and dash the hopes of earning the first victory of the season.
With two outs and the score tied, Kory Kinnear lined a two-run single to center giving North Carolina A&T (19-29, 10-7 MEAC) a 5-3 lead.
Coppin State (0-42, 0-17 MEAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. DeShawn Daniel
led off the frame with a double and Sean Yampierre
brought him home with a single to center.
The Eagles increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning. With one out Teon Richburg
stole second after reaching base on a fielder's choice. Harry Williams
singled to right and Richburg advanced to third and then came in to score on an error by the rightfielder.
Kinnear cut the margin to 2-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Coppin State answered back with a run of its own in the top of the fifth inning. Sebastian Fomenko
doubled with one out and advanced to third on a single by Richburg. Williams plated Fomenko with the third CSU run with a sacrifice fly.
The Eagles threatened in the top of the seventh inning by placing runners on second and third with one out, but Ron Phelps struck out the final two batters to earn his sixth save of the year.
North Carolina A&T scored 10 runs in the opening inning of game run and cruised to a 12-1 victory.
Joel Battle went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in to lead the Aggies.
Williams went 2-for-5 in the doubleheader for Coppin State and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Richburg and Yampierre each collected two hits in the doubleheader.