Clinton Arnold’s Hot Bat Lifts Coppin State Eagles In Double Header At Maryland Eastern Shore

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Coppin State baseball won a pair of games on the final day of the weekend series against Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday, March 20th at Hawk Stadium. The Eagles took game one 7-3 and then won game two 4-2.

Senior outfielder Clinton Arnold combined for four hits and five stolen bases in the double header against the Hawks.

In game one, the Eagles had a season-high six stolen bases and defensively turned a pair of double plays. Clinton Arnold went 3-for-4 at the plate with a career-high three hits at Maryland Eastern Shore. Arnold stole two bases and scored a run. Junior outfielder Caleb Duhay tied a season-high with a pair of hits and scored his third run of the year. Senior infielder Bryant Miranda stole a career-high three bases.

Freshman pitcher Jacob Lewis (1-2) picked up his first victory as an Eagle tossing 7.0 innings. Lewis struck out five batters and walked one while sophomore pitcher Krystian Negron went 2.0 innings in relief striking out three batters.

The teams went into the seventh inning tied at 2-2. Coppin State broke the game open with three runs in the seventh and then secured their first MEAC victory of the season with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings downing the Hawks, 7-3.

In the first inning, Duhay led off with a single up the middle and scored on a throwing error by the Maryland Eastern Shore defense. The Eagles next run came in the fifth inning with Arnold leading off with his second hit of the afternoon singling through the left side. He later scored on another throwing error by the Hawks defense.

A powerful seventh inning stretch for Coppin State led to three runs in the inning. Freshman outfielder Corey Treyes scored the Eagles first run on a throwing error after he was hit by a pitch. Next, junior catcher Brett Helmbrecht hammered his sixth RBI of the season through the right side scoring sophomore Nazier McIlwain. The Eagles third run of the inning was on a fielder’s choice RBI that allowed freshman Isaiah Wilson to cross home plate.

Two final runs by the Eagles extended their lead late in the game. McIlwain RBI singled to left field in the eighth inning scoring sophomore infielder Erik Crossman and Miranda scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning.

In game two, Coppin State jumped on top early on and held on for a 4-2 lead. Sophomore pitcher Aaron Rea (1-2) also picked up his first win of the season with sophomore relief pitcher Jahmon Taylor earning his first save of the season. Rea went 6.2 innings fanning four batters and walking three.

At the plate McIlwain had a pair of hits including an RBI and a run scored. Coppin State finished with six hits and stole five bases against the Hawks defense.

Duhay led the first inning off with single to right field and scored on an RBI single to shortstop by McIlwain. Criss singled to left field advancing McIlwain to third base and then Helmbrecht reached on a fielder’s choice scoring McIlwain.

Arnold singled to third base in the second inning and then proceeded to steal both second and third base. Later, Arnold crossed home on a throwing error by the Hawks. The Eagles capped their double header sweep with Miranda taking advantage of a wild pitch.

Coppin State heads to Washington, DC for their second meeting of the season against Georgetown on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3 p.m. The Hoyas won the first meeting back on February 22nd 6-5 in extra innings.

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