Marcos Castillo, Branden Redfern Lead Coppin State Baseball To Series Opening Victory Over Albany

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COLUMBIA, Md. – Marcos Castillo went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Coppin State baseball team to a 6-2 victory in the series opener against Albany Saturday afternoon at Blandair Park. The Eagles’ four non-conference victories already this season surpasses their total from all of last year.

The Basics

  • Final Score: Coppin State 6, Albany 2
  • Records: Coppin State (4-1), Albany (0-1)
  • Location: Columbia, Md. (Blandair Park)
  • Series History: Coppin State Leads, 1-0

How It Happened

  • It was a pitcher’s duel to start as both teams went scoreless through the first four innings. Starting pitcher Jahmon Taylor then threw a scoreless fifth and the Eagles put one on the board in their half of the inning.
  • Drew Thomas was hit by a pitch to start the frame and advanced to second on Corey Treyes’ groundout.  Nazier McIlwain then drove him in with a single up the middle.
  • Taylor got the first two Great Danes to start the sixth, but after a walk he was replaced by Branden Redfern.  Albany was able to tie the score after another walk and a double but Redfern got a groundball to end the inning all tied at one.
  • Coppin got that run back and added another in its portion of the sixth as Castillo drove in Erik Crossman with a double to the gap in right center.  Conner Walker then drew a free pass and stole second and Treyes drove in Castillo with a sacrifice fly, giving the Eagles, a 3-1 lead.
  • Albany cut the deficit to 3-2 with a run in the seventh but Castillo drove in two more in the seventh with a triple, plating Nick Martinez, who pinch ran for Justin Banks, and Crossman who doubled earlier.  Castillo later scored on a single up the middle by Carlos Alviarez, making it a 6-2 game.
  • Redfern allowed just one hit and struck out three in the final two innings to earn the win.

Inside the Numbers

  • Marcos Castillo had half of Coppin’s six hits while Erik Crossman and Carlos Alviarez were the other Eagles to reach base safely twice in the game with a hit and a walk apiece. Castillo and Crossman both scored twice as well.
  • Jahmon Taylor struck out nine for CSU, allowing just one run on two hits in 5.2 innings.  He threw 98 pitches before giving way to Branden Redfern.
  • Redfern tossed 3.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits with four strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.

Up Next: Coppin hosts Albany in an 11 am doubleheader on Sunday, February 24 at Blandair Park.  The first game is scheduled for nine innings, followed by a seven-inning affair to follow.

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