Coppin State Baseball Routs Maryland Eastern Shore In MEAC Opener




Coppin State Sports Information


HANOVER, Md. – Coppin State’s baseball team opened MEAC play with a 12-2 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore Friday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium.  The defending Northern Division Champions scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the ten-run rule into effect.

The Basics

  • Final Score: Coppin State 12, Maryland Eastern Shore 2
  • Records: Coppin State (7-6, 1-0 MEAC), Maryland Eastern Shore (3-15, 0-1 MEAC)
  • Location: Hanover, Md. (Joe Cannon Stadium)
  • Series History: Coppin State Leads, 102-79

Inside the Numbers

  • Coppin got a great effort on the mound by ace pitcher Jahmon Taylor, as well as the entire offense who put up 18 base hits.
  • Taylor tossed 6.2 innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out six.  Taylor helped his own cause, snagging a couple of line drives, a ground ball, and also made a highlight sliding catch in foul territory for his final out.
  • Six CSU players had multi-hit games with Corey TreyesMatt Day and Marcos Castillo all recording three hits and an RBI apiece.  Treyes scored three times and drew a walk, while Day scored twice and Castillo once.
  • Nazier McIlwainErik Crossman and Conner Walker all had two hits with McIlwain drawing two walks as Crossman and Walker walked once. Walker also scored twice and drove in a run.
  • Despite recording just one hit, Justin Banks drove in three runs.
  • Anthony Martinez retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh.

How It Happened

  • Coppin scored in all but one inning and took an early 1-0 lead after the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Justin Banks.  Scoring on the play was Corey Treyes who singled with a bunt to start the game and reached third on a double by Matt Day.
  • The Eagles put a three spot on the board in the second with the first run coming on a single by Derek Lohr to score Marcos Castillo who tripled to leadoff the frame.  Lohr cruised home from first on a double by Conner Walker and Walker touched home on a single up by the middle by Treyes.
  • Jahmon Taylor tossed his second 1-2-3 inning of the game in the third and his offense gave him extra insurance as Ryan McWilliams singled in Erik Crossman.
  • Maryland Eastern Shore got an unearned run off Taylor in the fourth after a throwing error and a passed ball by the righthander struck out the final batter to get out of the jam.
  • CSU got the run back for Taylor and also scored two more in its half of the inning to take an 8-1 lead.  Walker singled to start and advanced 90 feet as Treyes drew a walk.  Day then laid down a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error which allowed Treyes and Walker to score.  Banks drove in Day from third with a ground out up to short.
  • Taylor once again went 1-2-3 in the fifth and struck out a pair in the sixth before the Navy & Gold added a run in the sixth.  Banks reached on a fielder’s choice and got to second on Crossman’s single.  Castillo then singled but a throwing error allowed Banks to score on the play.
  • Taylor got the leadoff Hawk to fly out and then made a spectacular play in foul territory to get the second out of the seventh.  UMES then doubled to the gap and then singled in a run to end Taylor’s day.  Anthony Martinez retired Avery Tunnell for what would be the final out for the Hawks.
  • CSU scored three runs on four hits in the seventh, all with two outs, to run-rule UMES.  Treyes started it off with a single and touched third after a pair of wild pitches.  Day beat out a single to score Treyes.  After McIlwain drew a walk, Banks single to center field to score Day.  Following a walk issued to Crossman, Castillo provided the walk-off single to left, plating McIlwain.

Head Coach Sherman Reed on pitcher Jahmon Taylor
Jahmon Taylor is just a special baseball player, beyond being a great kid; he knows how to conduct himself on and off the field. We’ve come to expect that from Jahmon Taylor. He hasn’t been pitching the Jahmon Taylor fashion that he will go as the innings start accumulating, but to have Jahmon Taylor come out here on opening day of conference and just dominate and ride that fastball up there, approaching mid 90s is what Jahmon Taylor is about.  We really needed that because we’re a team that’s trying to come out and start the conference making a statement. The media outlets have us being a really good team this year. We needed to make a statement, and we came out against a well-coached team and played really good baseball on all cylinders.

Coach Reed on jumping on teams early
“What we’re trying to do is to have great quality at bats and I think the end result with great quality at bats is an offensive outpour of 18 hits. The guys stayed within their game and gave themselves a chance and when the ball was in the strike zone they put the barrel on it.  I’m really proud with how well the offense did and then Jahmon Taylor made a spectacular defensive play to help his cause in the seventh inning. It’s certainly a big win for us and were happy to be here at Joe Cannon.  The guys really appreciated being here on their home turf so early in the season.”

Jahmon Taylor on his performance today
“Out of the gate I was over-exerting myself a little bit too much and that was causing me to be a little wild in the strike zone but once I settled in around the third or fourth inning everything just flowed. To have my teammates behind me making plays is always great, too.

Jahmon Taylor on defending the MEAC North
“Our coaches are always on us about competing and staying disciplined.  Having him on us makes us compete so we can’t slack off.  Hopefully we can repeat and take the whole championship.”

Marcos Castillo on his walk-off single to run-rule the Hawks
“I was just trying to stay focused and trust the process.  Coach told me to not swing at pitches I can’t handle so I just got a good pitch to it on that last pitch and made it happen.

Marcos Castillo on defending the MEAC North
“All of the teams want to beat us so we kind of had that mentality coming in that they want to beat us and are going to go hard, so we’ve got to go even harder and play our A game every single day.

Marcos Castillo on what needs to be done to win this series 
“Coach definitely made a point that we have to win every series, but one game at a time, one pitch at a time. We’ve got to win tomorrow because last year they beat us the second game, and we did the same thing, and they beat us 1-0.  Tomorrow we need to come out and do the same thing that we did today.”

Up Next: Coppin and Maryland Eastern Shore face off for the second game of the series at Joe Cannon Stadium on Saturday, March 16 at 2 pm. The rivals will conclude the weekend series on Sunday, March 17 at 1 pm.

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