FIGHTING HAWKS OUTCLAW EAGLES 10-3
March 25, 2006
HANOVER, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team took down Coppin State University (4-21-1, 0-1 MEAC) today at Joe Cannon Stadium. Dustin Longchamps (3-2) pitched all nine innings for the Hawks, allowing three runs on six hits, to defeat the Eagles, 10-3.
The Hawks (6-15-1, 3-1 MEAC) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead with three runs in the top of the first followed by five in the second. Eric Gaines led off the first inning with a triple down right field line. Greg Cathell, Stratchko, Quick and Schirmer all followed with singles giving UMES and early 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Pete Mayta and Joel Maher would both reach on Eagle errors. Justin Hoban would get hit while Stratchko reached on a dropped third strike. The bats came around once again for UMES as Quick and Schirmer followed with back-to-back doubles to left center. Anthony Jackson would record an infield single but make the final out when Mayta hit into a fielder's choice.
After being held scoreless over the next three innings, UMES crossed a single run in the top of the sixth to take their largest lead of the day at 9-0.
Coppin State reached the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 9-3. The Eagles opened the inning by loading the bases with no outs for Corey Greene who drove in Graham Johnson. Paul Conway hit a two RBI single to center field before a fly out and a ground out ended the CSU rally.
A pair of walks and a stolen base allowed Stratchko to drive in a run with a ground out in the eighth for UMES.
Dennis Lane suffered the loss for the Eagles after allowing nine runs, four earned, on 11 hits while striking out five in seven innings pitched.
The three-game series continues on Sunday, March 26 at Joe Cannon Stadium with a doubleheader set for 12 noon.