DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., – Coppin State came from behind with a three-run sixth to take a 5-3 win over Florida A&M in the waning hours of Thursday night at Sliwa Stadium to close out the second day of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championship.
The Eagles (21-21-1) advance to Friday’s semifinal against North Carolina A&T State in a march-up of No. 1 seed. FAMU falls to the elimination bracket, where it will face either Bethune-Cookman or Norfolk State on Friday.
The Eagles struck first in the bottom of the first inning, when Caleb Duhay singled to right field to score Andres Santana, who had gone from first to third on a bunt. That play gave Coppin State a 1-0 lead.
Jacky Miles, Jr. tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third with an RBI double.
Coppin State regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth; after Derek Lohr reached on an error and advanced to third, he scored on a Marcos Castillo single to left field to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Miles tied the game again in the top of the fifth, singling home Ty Russ, before Brian Davis singled home Miles to put the Rattlers up for the first time at 3-2.
Duhay led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the season, a solo shot to left center, that tied the game at 3-3. Nazier McIlwain then walked and Lohr doubled down the left field line, before Erik Crossman reached on an error that scored both runners and gave the Eagles a 5-3 lead.
The Rattlers managed four baserunners in the final three innings, but stranded all of them.
Duhay led the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs.
Despite not getting the decision, Coppin State starter Jahmon Taylor struck out eight in 4.2 innings pitched. Corey Treyes tossed a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season.