Coppin State Completes MEAC Series Sweep of UMES Behind Aaron Rea’s Pitching Performance

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HANOVER, Md. – Aaron Rea struck out 11 Hawks and got plenty of run support as the Coppin State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of MEAC rival Maryland Eastern Shore, 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium.

The Basics

  • Final Score: Coppin State 9, Maryland Eastern Shore 2
  • Records: Coppin State (9-6, 3-0 MEAC), Maryland Eastern Shore (3-17, 0-3 MEAC)
  • Location: Hanover, Md. (Joe Cannon Stadium)
  • Series History: Coppin State Leads, 104-79

Inside the Numbers

  • Aaron Rea fanned 11 batters while allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk. The redshirt junior struck out the side in the fourth inning and had two strikeouts in the first, third and fifth innings.
  • Corey Treyes had his third-straight 3-hit game and also drove in and scored a run.  Treyes finished the series going 9-for-13 with six runs, two RBI, a double, two walks and two stolen bases.
  • Justin Banks and Derek Lohr also drove in runs on the day.  Banks had 10 RBI in the series while going 1-for-3 with a run and two walks in the series finale.
  • Erik Crossman also walked twice and Matt Day scored two runs while stealing three bases.
  • The Eagles stole ten bases on the day while having just 11 going into the game.

How It Happened

  • Coppin scored five runs in the first two innings while taking advantage of three errors by Maryland Eastern Shore. The Eagles got one in the first as Matt Day was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored as Justin Banks reached on a throwing error.
  • Four more runs came across in the second with Carlos Alviarez scoring the first on a passed ball.  After Derek Lohr was plunked, Conner Walker singled him over to third before an RBI single by Corey Treyes.  A double steal was successful and the throw went into left field, allowing by Walker and Treyes to score.
  • UMES scored an unearned run in the third but Aaron Rea regrouped and struck out the final two batters of the inning.
  • Lohr drove in Coppin’s sixth run of the day with an RBI groundout but the Hawks got the run back with back-to-back extra base hits to start the fourth.  Rea then struck out the next three batters to end the frame.
  • The score remained 6-2 until the Eagles tacked on three runs in the seventh, just after Branden Redfern recorded a 1-2-3 inning in his first frame of the day.  After Day led off with a walk and got to second on Nazier McIlwain’ssingle, Day stole third and scored on a throwing error.  Banks then singled in McIlwain and Banks later scored on a groundball off the bat of Alviarez.
  • Redfern allowed a leadoff walk in the eighth but got a 4-3 double play and a strikeout to escape the eighth.
  • Coppin threatened to run-rule UMES for the third-straight game but left the bases loaded in its half of the eighth, but it didn’t matter as Redfern allowed just one base runner in the ninth to pick up a rare three-inning save.

Quotables
Aaron Rea on his performance today
“I felt good today coming in. It all started from the beginning of the week, feeling good, getting recovery from Coach (Matt) Walker. I had good catch-play throughout practice and then throwing a nice little bullpen on Friday.  Other than that, just mentally preparing yourself, not just today, but last night just going through everything and visualizing success and just coming out here balling and having fun with my team.”

Rea on getting in a groove early and having 11 strikeouts 
“I just cleared my mind and just had fun and pounded the strike zone.  That’s all I worry about, just pounding the strike zone and trusting the defense behind me.  It just turned out that I had some nasty stuff today and I felt very good with every single pitch that I had. Just focusing on throwing strikes and it just turned out to be a successful strikeout day.”

Rea on getting early run support
“Every time you get some early run support you just gain more confidence and feel like you can just be out there and not worry about anything because you have the lead. You just go out there and throw every ball your hardest and trust the defense.”

Up Next: Coppin is back home at Joe Cannon Stadium when it takes on George Washington University in a 3 pm start on Wednesday, March 20.

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