HAWKS DEFEATED BY COPPIN STATE 7-0 TO OPEN MEAC PLAY
March 16, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES had a rough start to conference play as Coppin State shut out the Hawks 7-0 on Saturday. UMES goes to 3-14 and 0-1 in the MEAC while Coppin State improves to 4-11 and 1-0 in-conference.
The Eagles got on the board in the opening inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Coppin State pulled off a delayed double steal, as David Hamlett took second and Chris Kashangaki stole home for a 1-0 lead off UMES starter Chris Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) (1-2).
The visitors scored two more in the next inning on a Nathan Pitts RBI single and a Kashangaki RBI double for a 3-0 advantage.
Coppin State added another in the top of the third as Alex Brown hit an RBI double to score Hamlett and make it 4-0 Eagles.
In the bottom of the fourth with two outs, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) hit an infield single to short to break up the no-hitter and increase his hit streak to 13 games.
Lopez got in control and pitched through the fourth and fifth with no runs across. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) took over on the mound in the sixth and pitched through the next three innings with no runs given up.
UMES had its best chance against Coppin State starter Myles Taylor (1-2) in the seventh. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) lined a single to center, followed by Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) getting a single to short. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a sac bunt to advance the runners to scoring position. But Taylor got the next two batters out on a pop out and a looking strike out as the score stayed 4-0 Coppin State.
Coppin State got three runs in the ninth inning off Saca to seal the game and get the win 7-0.
Taylor picked up the win for Coppin State, throwing seven scoreless with four strikeouts. Darryl Martinez completed the shutout, pitching the final two innings.
Lopez got the loss, going five innings with four runs charged. Saca went four innings in relief, allowing three runs, just two earned.
Campbell finished the day 1-for-4, while Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) went 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game back since February.
For Coppin State, Kashangaki went 4-for-4 with two runs, a pair of stolen bases and two RBI. Hamlett got two hits in four at bats with a run, an RBI and two stolen bases.
UMES will look to rebound with a doubleheader tomorrow at noon at Hawks Stadium against Coppin State.