BALTIMORE -- Saint Peter's scored eight runs over the final three innings and rode the pitching of Matt McMahon to its first victory of the season, a 14-4 non-conference victory over Coppin State on Friday at Joe Cannon Stadium.
Mike McGuire keyed the late inning uprising by hitting a grand slam during a five-run eighth inning that helped the Peacocks pull away from the Eagles.
The offensive explosion was more than enough for McMahon as he pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief of starter Eric Miksitz. McMahon allowed only one hit, while striking out six.
Coppin State, which dropped to 0-3 on the season, posted season highs of 10 hits and four runs scored in the defeat and also received a solid start out of Darrell Downs
Downs was dominant save for the second inning when the Peacocks touched him up for six runs and five hits. Following the second inning Downs retired 12 of 13 batters he faced and the only batter that reached was on a fielding error.
After spotting Saint Peter's a six-run lead Coppin State fought back with a four-run fourth inning, which could have been greater had the Eagles not committed several base running errors.
doubled to lead off the inning and Craig Richmond
drew a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. Angel Recci
attempted to sacrifice the runners over, but Russell was thrown out at third when the attempt failed.
Recci then walked and Yampierre laced a double to left center that plated Richmond and Recci bringing the Eagles to within 6-2.
reached on a fielder's choice, but Yampierre was thrown out at third base trying to advance.
followed with a bloop single to left putting runners on first and second with two outs. Santalo then lined a single to left that scored Archie Scott
who pinch ran for Reynolds.
Matos scored the Eagles fourth run of the inning when he stole third and came home on a throwing error by the catcher.
Saint Peter's scored a single run in the top of the seventh inning to increase the lead to 7-4 and then scored five times in the eighth to put the game away.