Coppin State Baseball Erupts For 15 Runs In Game One Victory Over Albany; Splits Doubleheader




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COLUMBIA, Md. – Coppin State’s baseball team split a doubleheader on Sunday with Albany at Blandair Park to earn another series win.  The Eagles erupted for a 15-3 victory in the opener, but the bats were silenced in a 4-0 loss in the nightcap.

The Basics

  • Final Score (Game 1): Coppin State 15, Albany 3
  • Final Score (Game 2): Albany 4, Coppin State 0
  • Records: Coppin State (5-2), Albany (1-2)
  • Location: Columbia, Md. (Blandair Park)
  • Series History: Coppin State Leads, 2-1

How It Happened (Game 1)

  • Coppin the bats going early and often, taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning. After back-to-back walks drawn by Derek Lohr and Nazier McIlwainJustin Banks reached on a fielder’s choice as the throw to second was wild and allowed Lohr to score from second. Marcos Castillo then delivered with a triple to right field to drive in McIlwain and Banks.
  • Albany got a solo home run in the second off starting pitcher Devin Rivera Ozuna but the run was wasted as the Eagles put five runs on the board in the second to take a 8-1 lead.
  • Carlos Alviarez got it started with a double and scored as Corey Treyes doubled to straight-away center.  After McIlwain drew another walk, Banks hit a three-run shot over the right field wall to make it a 7-1 game.  Erik Crossman followed up with a walk and scored as Castillo doubled down the left field line.
  • The Eagles got another three runs in the third on RBIs by Treyes, Lohr, McIlwain and Banks to extend their advantage to 12-1.
  • Both teams scored a run in the fourth with Alviarez singling in Castillo, extending the lead to, 13-2.
  • Conner Walker and Alviarez drove in runs in the fifth for CSU’s 14th and 15th run of the game.
  • Rivera Ozuna threw a scoreless sixth to wrap up his day and gave way to freshman Carter Harbut who recorded a three-inning save in his collegiate debut.

Inside the Numbers (Game 1)

  • Justin Banks drove in a team-high four runs while going 2-for-4 with three runs scored while Marcos Castillo had his second-straight three RBI day with three hits and a run scored.
  • Carlos Alviarez went a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs and Nazier McIlwain also had two hits with three runs scored and two walks.
  • Corey Treyes continued his hot hitting with two runs, two RBI and two walks.
  • Devin Rivera Ozuna improved to 2-0 on the season, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out a career-high eight.
  • In his collegiate debut, Carter Harbut allowed a run on four hits while striking out three.

How It Happened (Game 2)

  • Through two innings it was a pitcher’s duel as Coppin’s Aaron Rea and Albany’s John Clayton held the opposing team scoreless.
  • The third was another story as Rea allowed a pair of walks and an infield single before Matt Codispoti hit a high fly ball that carried over the fence for a grand slam.
  • That would be all Clayton would need as he held the Eagles scoreless through 6.1 innings before Joe Kruszka got the final two outs to take the game.
  • Coppin’s best shot to score came in the seventh and final inning as Justin Banks singled to start and following a walk drawn by Marcos Castillo, the duo both advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch.

Inside the Numbers (Game 2)

Up Next: Coppin travels to face Navy on Wednesday, February 27 in a 2 pm start at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium

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