Coppin State Stays Hot Eliminates North Carolina Central At MEAC Baseball Championships

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SALISBURY – Freshman pitcher Aaron Rea carried the Coppin State Eagles to a 7-5 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday, May 20th with four strike outs and two walks in seven innings on the mound.

Coppin State finished with 12 hits to NCCU’s 11 paced by senior outfielders Darien Percell and George Dragon. Both had two hits with Percell knocking in three RBIs and Dragon registering two RBIs. Freshmen infielder Erik Crossman and outfielder Andrew O’Dwyer also had two hits each.

North Carolina Central scored the game’s first run off an RBI single through the right side in the first inning of play. Coppin State tied it up with two hits in the second inning and an error by NCCU. George Dragon led off doubling to left field followed by Darien Percell drawing a walk. Freshman catcher Malik White reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by NCCU as Dragon tied the game at 1-1 scoring the run.

Coppin kept the momentum from the earlier inning with four hits leading to three runs in the third. Senior infielder Colin Dower led off singling to right field and then Andrew O’Dwyer singled to the pitcher beating out the throw. The Eagles first run of the inning came on an RBI groundout by Dragon with Dower scoring. The next run was on a passed ball allowing A. O’Dwyer to cross home plate. Then, Percell RBI-singled up the middle sending Miranda home after he walked to get on base (4-1).

In the bottom of the third inning, NCCU trimmed the CSU lead with two runs on three hits (4-3). Rea tossed a pair of strikeouts and forced a fly out for the final out of the inning.

CSU’s Miranda got things rolling for the Eagles in the fifth inning. He singled to second base and then stole it on the next play. He advanced on a wild pitch and was brought home on a 2-RBI double by Percell (6-3).

Rea was pulled in the seventh inning and was replaced by A. O’Dwyer. Rea struck out four batters, walked two, and gave up nine hits in his third win of the season. A. O’Dwyer picked up his first save of the season after pitching two innings striking out one batter.

The Eagles advance in the 2016 MEAC Baseball Championships and will face the Spartans of Norfolk State University on Sunday, May 22nd at 3:30 p.m. ?

 

 

 

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