DOVER, Del. – Dave Hamlett finally went ham at the plate to conclude a significant weekend for the Coppin State baseball team.
The pun is intended and it’s quite appropriate in this instance as Coppin State defeated Delaware State, 8-6, in the finale of a three-game series Sunday at Solider Field to leap into first place of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after two weekend series’. The Eagles (6-12 overall, 4-2 MEAC) recovered from being routed in Saturday’s opener to take the final two games and win their second MEAC series of the season.(BOXSCORE)
The win also served noticed to Delaware State that the Eagles are indeed for real this year and have intentions on forcing the Hornets to abdicate their Northern Division throne. Hamlett and William Brown
provided the spark as the Eagles soared to an early advantage and held off the Hornets late.
Batting in the leadoff spot, Hamlett had four hits and scored a pair of runs to ignite Coppin State’s offense early. He doubled and scored in his first two plate appearances as Coppin State opened a 5-0 bulge.
Brown picked up where he left off in the seventh inning of Saturday’s thriller by blasting a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to give Coppin State an early 3-0 lead, momentum and the swagger needed to compete and take down the longtime Northern Division kingpin. As a team, Coppin State finished with 12 hits and got contributions from all over the lineup.
In addition to Hamlett and Brown combining for six hits, Darien Percell
, Jeffrey Fitch
and Joseph Maletz
, batting in the No. 8 hole, had two hits each. Coppin State’s first three batters were an insane 8-for-13 combined with five runs batted in. Fitch delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning to extend Coppin State’s advantage to 7-2. Brown followed two batters later with a double that gave the Eagles an 8-2 edge.
CSU pitcher Dillion O’Brien was a beast on the mound as he tossed five scoreless innings to help the Eagles head back home with a two-game winning streak. O’Brien was dealing against the Hornets as he struck out five batters.
The Eagles and Hornets have six more meetings remaining this season. For now, Coppin State will savor this series win, one that hasn’t occurred in quite some time, and move forward in its season. In winning the weekend series, Coppin State finished with 28 hits and batted .304 as a team. Hamlett hit .636 and Brown compiled a .500 average to the lead the Eagles.
The Eagles complete this six-game road trip with a Tuesday tilt against Towson at 3 p.m. Coppin State returns home to hosts Georgetown Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference battle.