Dover, Del. (Mar. 25, 2017) --- Sophomore Nazier McIlwain combined for six hits and eight RBI in eight at bats to lead Coppin State to a doubleheader sweep of Delaware State in a MEAC North doubleheader at Soldier Field today. The Eagles won the first game 14-3 and completed the sweep with a 9-7 victory in the nightcap.
McIlwain was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs batted in and four runs scored in the opener. He had three hits, including two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored four at bats in game two.
In the opener the score was 1-1 before Coppin State scored 13 runs in its last three at bats. The Eagles put three runs on the board in the fifth, fourth in the sixth and six in the seventh to open up a 14-2 lead.
The game was stopped after Delaware State batted in the seventh due to the 10-ru n rule in conference games.
McIlwain had a two-run single in the fifth and he singled in a run in the sixth inning of the opener.
Catcher Evan Regez was 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Austin Bentley and Ciaran Devenney drove in runs for Delaware State in the opening game.
Hornet starter Lane DeLeon took the loss. He allowed seven hits and four runs, two earned, while striking out two in five innings.
In the nightcap, Delaware State held a 3-2 lead before Coppin State scored six times in the third inning. The Hornets scored a run in the third and three in the fourth to pull to within 8-7.
DSU was kept off the board in its last three at bats and the Eagles added an insurance in the seventh inning.
McIlwain hit a two-run homer in the Coppin State first and blasted another two-run shot in the Eagles’ six-run third inning. He also singled in a third inning run.
Bentley was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in the nightcap for DSU.
Regez had three hits and three runs scored in four at bats for the Hornets in game two.
Delaware State starter Sean McGrath (1-2) took the loss after allowing six hits and eight runs, seven earned, in 2.2 innings.
The doubleheader sweep puts Coppin State in first place in the MEAC North with a 4-1 record (5-12 overall). The Hornets are 2-3 in conference play and 6-12 overall.
The Hornets will try to avoid a three-game sweep when the teams wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday. Game time is 12:00 p.m. at Solider Field.