COPPIN STATE WALKS ITS WAY TO A DOUBLE-HEADER SPLIT WITH UMES
March 13, 2005
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Anthony Jackson scored three times in the game two victory over Coppin State as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore split a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games with the Eagles. UMES walked ten batters and hit two more as they fell 6-2 in game one, but rebounded as Sean Davis went six innings, allowing only two hits in a 6-5 victory.
In game two, the Fighting Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead as they scored three times in the first inning and then added single runs in the second and third. Craig Munch doubled in a run and scored in the first inning and then drove in another run in the second on a single through the right side of the infield.
However, the Eagles battled back as they plated five runs in the fourth inning on their only two hits of the game, both singles. Coppin State took advantage of Davis's only wild inning as he hit the lead off batter and then walked two straight sandwiched between two Eagle singles. Davis settled down and kept the Fighting Hawks in the game as he retired nine straight after the fifth run crossed the plate.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Jackson was hit by a pitch and scored from first base on a Brandon McCabe bloop-single that was mishandled in the outfield allowing Jackson to score easily. In the Eagles last at-bat, Davis started the inning by walking the lead-off hitter and then was relieved by Pete Mayta, who struck out the first batter he faced.
Justin Hoban and Eric Gaines then hooked up to throw out Amiel Traynum trying to steal second as Gaines made a great grab and tag on a throw that was a little off target and carried Gaines momentum away from the play.
With two out and no one on base, Mayta shut the door on the three-game series and the Fighting Hawks losing streak. Mayta earned the save, the first one of his career, while Davis improved to 2-2 on the season.
In game one, Matt Bellon and Jason Janeski dominated in the first five innings as both teams were held scoreless until Coppin State scored three times in the sixth inning as four of the five batters Janeski faced in the inning singled. Janeski, who has now had three straight quality starts, allowed only one hit over the first five innings, but dropped to 0-2 on the season.
UMES rebounded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh as Justin Hoban had a two-run pinch-hit double. However, CSU added two runs in the eighth and another in the ninth on four walks and three hits, while Bellon shutdown the Fighting Hawk hitters for the 6-2 victory.
UMES will return to MEAC action as they travel to Delaware State University next weekend for a three-game series starting at noon on Saturday, March 19, 2005.