PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Needing a split in the worse way after losing the opening game to Maryland-Eastern Shore, 9-1, the Coppin State baseball team responded in championship fashion with a 14-3 triumph Saturday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) doubleheader at Hawk Stadium.(GAME 1 BOXSCORE)
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Coppin State (7-17 overall, 5-5 MEAC) plated a season-high run total on 14 hits. It was the fourth time this season that the Eagles finished with double-digit hits. While the offense produced a Fourth-of-July-like fireworks extravaganza, Coppin State also received a fine pitching performance from Anderson Burgess
Burgess was terrific in five solid innings. His performance, along with a seven-run second inning in the nightcap was the fuel the Eagles needed to end a four-game losing streak.
Burgess allowed two runs and struck out five batters. In 11 innings pitched this week, Burgess compiled a 1.64 earned run average and had 10 strikeouts. He pitched six shutout innings last Monday at Norfolk State. Once, the Eagles got Burgess some runs and an early lead, he was dominant and lights out.
Junior shortstop David Hamlett
was the hitting catalyst in the doubleheader for the Eagles as he had two hits in each game. For the hot-hitting Hamlett, it was his fifth multi-hit game in Coppin State’s last eight games. He has posted a .438 batting average (14-for-32) over that span to raise his overall batting average to a team-leading .300.
sparked Coppin State in the second game as he had his first career four-hit game. Miranda also drove in four runs. He had a pair of two-run singles, one in the second inning and another in a four-run sixth inning that provided much needed insurance.
also finished with two hits and three RBIs for the Eagles. He finished the afternoon with a two-run double after Miranda’s two-run single in the sixth inning. Chris Godfrey
had two hits. He has reached base in six consecutive games for Coppin State. In the seven-run second inning, the Eagles got four straight RBI hits from Miranda, Dower, Hamlett and Michael Wright. Jack Kraft followed those hits with a sacrifice fly that also produced a run.
The Eagles scored an unearned run in the first game when Hamlett’s single scored Miranda, who reached on an error. Stephen Bull paced UMES’ offense in the opening game with three hits. Six different players had hits for the Hawks (5-16, 3-5) in the nightcap.
Coppin State and UMES will conclude the weekend series Sunday at noon. CSU’s Dillon O’Brien will be pitching against Philip Berry. The Eagles are 3-2 against the Hawks this season. They will play one more series at Joe Cannon Field on April 26-27.