Coppin State Sports Information
RICHMOND, Va. – Coppin State’s baseball team picked up its first win of the season with a 11-1 rout at Richmond on Tuesday afternoon at Pitt Field. Three Eagles pitxhers combibed to allow just two hits and an unearned run.
How it Happened
– Justin Banks was left stranded in scoring position after a two-out double in the first and Richmond made the Eagles pay with an unearned run off starting pitcher Giovanni Canales in the bottom half.
– Canales got two strikeouts in the opening inning and fanned two more in both the second and third before striking out his final batter in the fourth.
– Coppin remained scoreless after five at-bats and freshman Tim Ruffino relieved canals to start the bottom of the fifth. The southpaw issued just a walk in the frame and the Eagles erupted for four runs in the top of the sixth.
– Banks drew a walk off starting pitcher Jeremey Neff and that ended his day on the mound. Coppin then welcomed the reliever with an infield single and Corey Treyes was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
– Ruffino was not swayed by the long inning for CSU’s offense as he fired a 1-2-3 sixth inning while striking out the first two batters.
– Castillo gave CSU some extra insurance with an RBI single through the left side to score Oakley, who doubled down the left field line just prior.
– With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bradley Tuttle relieved Ruffino with a pair of runners on base and he struck out both batters he faced to get out of the jam unscathed.
– After CSU went scoreless in its half if the eighth, Tuttle fanned two more before the Eagles broke it open in the ninth with six more runs. Lawrence Noble and CadenWaltonn had two-run base knocks in the frame.
Inside the Numbers
– Coppin’s top four hitters (Justin Oakley, Marcos Castillo, Justin Banks and Conner Walker all had two hits and two runs apiece. Castillo drove in a team-high three runs. Banks also drew two walks while the others were issued one free pass.
– Giovanni Canales allowed just one hit while striking out seven over 4.0 innings and got the no-decision.
– Tim Ruffino picked up his first career victory, throwing 2.1 innings without allowing a base hit and striking out three.
– Bradley Tuttle picked up the save, striking out six over the final 2.2 innings.