DOVER, Del. – With one swing of the bat and a slight twist of his hips, William Brown
emphatically let Delaware State know that Coppin State is a legit threat to its Northern Division crown.
Brown slugged a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to help Coppin State earn a split of its doubleheader against Delaware State with a dramatic, 7-6 victory in the second game at Solider Field.(BOXSCORE)
Brown’s blast meant so much more than just his first homer of the season as it helped CSU end a 20-game losing streak to the Hornets.
In beating Delaware State for the first time since a 6-4 victory on April 11, 2010, Coppin State showcased its heart and resilience at its finest. The Eagles lost the opening game, 16-1 to the Hornets and were down to their last out when Brown connected.(BOXSCORE)
It was the second time this year Coppin State snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a late rally after it was down to its last strike. The Eagles (5-12 overall, 3-2 MEAC) have proven already this season that they will battle to the last out is recorded. Last week, Ian Arciaga
drilled a three-run walkoff homer to help CSU beat North Carolina Central, 11-8 in extra innings.
After losing all six games to Delaware State last year and being routed in the opener, Coppin State had every reason to concede to the Hornets. However, this is a different Eagle team from the one the Hornets have feasted on in recent years. The Eagles are confident and have a unified belief that their time is at hand to win the Northern Division.
In the win over the Hornets, three Eagles had multi-hit games. Brown led the way with a three-hit effort in which he capped off in style in the seventh inning. In addition to his home run, Brown also delivered a pair of doubles. Dave Hamlett and Chris Godfrey
had two hits each for Coppin State.
Hamlett started the winning rally in the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff single. Dalton Cozart
followed with a walk that gave the Eagles life. Coppin State refused to let a double play deter it from overcoming a 6-4 deficit. Jack Kraft, who has reached base in every game this season, kept the inning alive with a two-out walk, which set the stage for Brown.
earned the win by tossing two scoreless innings and striking out three Hornets. Overall, the second game was a see-saw affair as the lead changed hands four times during the tense 2 hour, 50 minute thriller.
Coppin State fell behind early in the opening game and avoided the shutout in the seventh inning when Jeffrey Fitch
’s RBI single scored Darien Percell
, who has reached base in 10 straight games for the Eagles.
Coppin State and Delaware State conclude the weekend series Sunday afternoon with a single game beginning at 1:00 p.m.