Dover, Del. (Apr. 14, 2018) --- MEAC North leader Coppin State continued its hot division play with a doubleheader sweep of Delaware State at Soldier Field today. The Eagles stretched their division win streak to seven with 11-4 and 10-4 victories over the Hornets.
In the opener, Delaware State led 4-0 before allowing the last 11 runs of the game. Carlos Alviarez, Derek Lohr, Brett Helmbrecht and Marcos Castillo drove in two runs each to lead the Eagles.
Darnell Maisonet had three hits in four at bats, while Todd Henry smacked his first home run of the season for Delaware State.
After Coppin State failed to score in the top of the first inning, Henry homered to lead off the DSU first to open the scoring. The Hornets added two more in the first on single by Cole Garey and a sac fly by Adrian Hill to open up a 3-0 lead.
DSU tacked on a fourth inning run when Maurice Parsons tripled with one out and crossed the plate on a groundout by John Weglarz to stretch the lead to 4-0. Parsons stretched his hitting streak to nine games with his second career triple.
The Eagles wiped out the Delaware State lead plus some with seven runs in their next at bat. The big hits in the inning were a two-run triple by Castillo and a two-run double by Alviarez.
Helmbrecht tripled in as run in the fifth to give Coppin State an 8-4 lead.
The added two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to close out the scoring.
Coppin State starting pitcher Justin Rea (2-5) survived as shaky start to earn the win. Rea went six innings, allowing seven hits and all four DSU runs.
Devin Rivera Ozuna pitched three shutout innings to earn his second save of the season for the Eagles.
Delaware State starter Lane DeLeon (1-4) gave up nine hits and eight runs, seven earned, to suffer the loss for DSU.
In the seven inning nightcap, Nasir McIlwain was 5-for-5 with four runs batted in to lead the Eagles’ 14-hit attack.
McIlwain doubled in two runs in Coppin State’s four-run first inning off Hornet starter Sean McGrath.
After Delaware State scored a run in the bottom of the first, the Eagles added a one in the second inning and two in the third to open up a 7-1 lead.
Parsons was 1-for-4 with a double in game two to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Coppin State stands at 13-16 overall and 12-2 in the MEAC, while Delaware State is 5-28 and 3-11.
Sunday’s scheduled series finale at Soldier Field has been postponed due to the forecast for rain. No make-up date has been announced.