PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The Coppin State baseball team showcased its never-say-die-attitude in accomplishing its goal of earning a series win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. It wasn’t easy, but the Eagles will take their hard-fought 4-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Hawk Stadium and happily head back across the Bay Bridge with a share of first place. (BOXSCORE)
Coppin State (8-17 overall, 6-5 MEAC) captured its second series victory of the year over UMES. Overall, the Eagles won their third of four MEAC series this season to move into a first place tie with Norfolk State, which lost two out of three to Delaware State this weekend, in the Northern Division. The Eagles have a perfect opportunity to take control of the conference as they will play 10 consecutive home games against Northern Division competition beginning Saturday when Delaware State rolls into Joe Cannon Stadium.
An amazing four-run eighth inning rally by Coppin State made the impending home stand relevant. Coppin State crammed five of its six hits into a spectacular eighth-inning that proved to the difference in the game. Again, it was the Eagles’ leading hitters that were in the middle of all of the action.
Five outs away from dropping a crucial series they needed to win, Dave Hamlett and John Walls
smashed consecutive doubles to bring CSU to within, 3-2. Jack Kraft followed with a game-tying single. Chris Godfrey
finished the inning off in style with a two-out RBI single that gave Coppin State the lead for good. For Coppin State, this was the fourth time this season, it rallied to win a game when trailing after seven innings.
pitched 1.2 innings to earn the win and Michael Roberts
continued his wonderful comeback story by tossing two scoreless innings to earn the save. He dodged danger in the eighth and ninth innings to help the Eagles enjoy a happy trip home. Roberts hit two batters in the eighth inning, but got a critical out to end the eighth when he needed it. The Hawks also applied pressure in the ninth inning by putting their first two runners on base.
Maryland-Eastern Shore scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-0 lead into the eighth.
Coppin State concludes its eight-game road trip when it visits George Washington Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game starting at 3:00 p.m.