Dover, Del. (May 7, 2017) --- Coppin State scored two 10th inning runs on Delaware State balks in an 11-9 victory over the Hornets in the series finale at Soldier Field today. The Eagles led 9-2 before DSU stormed back, scoring the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The score was 9-9 when Andres Santana and Isaiah Wilson singled off Delaware State reliever Travis Dill to lead off the Coppin State 10th. Darrien Ragins entered the game to relieve Dill for the Hornets. After a sacrifice bunt by Allen Saar moved the runners to second and third, Ragins struck out pinch hitter Eric Crossman for the second out of the inning. Corey Treyes was at bat for Coppin State when Santana broke for the plate in an attempted steal of home. Ragins was called for a balk on the play, allowing Santana to score giving the Eagles a 10-9 lead. Treyes was still at bat when another balk was called on Ragins. Wilson crossed the plate on the call to give Coppin State a two-run lead.
Delaware State had two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th , but failed to score. Coppin State reliever and winning pitcher John Bonanca (1-1) retired Jared Gillis on a fly out to right field to end the game.
The Eagles jumped out in front with six runs off Delaware State starter Garrett Lawson in the second inning. The big blow in the inning was a three-run double by Clinton Arnold.
Delaware State answered with two runs in the bottom of the second. Darnel Maisonet doubled in the first run. Maisonet was 3-for-4 with three RBI in the game.
Cole Gerula smacked a three-run homer off Lawson in the third inning to give the Eagles a 9-2 lead.
The Hornets began their comeback with four runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a three-run inside-the-park home run by Jaylen Zielecki. The left-handed swinging Zielecki lifted a long fly ball down the left field line. Santana, CSU's left fielder, made a long run in an attempt to make the catch, but crashed into the fence just as he made contact with the ball. Santana was injured on the play, allowing Zielecki to circle the bases. Gillis and Ciaran Devenney scored ahead of Zielecki on the hit to cut Coppin State's lead to 9-6.
The Hornets added a run in the sixth on a homer by Tyler Collins to pull to within two. Collins, a late addition to the team, is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two home runs and six RBI in five games.
Maisonet hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth, to cut the Eagles' lead to 9-8.
Delaware State was still down by that run when batting in the ninth. There were two outs and the bases empty when Todd Henry was hit by a pitch. Zielecki followed with a single to right, chasing Henry to third. Maisonet came through again for the Hornets, singling to right to score Henry with the tying run.
Zielecki was 2-for-5 with three RBI in the game.
Gerula (2-for-4) drove in four runs and Arnold (2-for-4) three for Coppin State.
Dill was the tough luck loser for the Hornets. He pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Hornets in the game, however, he was charged with Coppin State's two 10th inning runs.
The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Hornets, who end their 2017 MEAC schedule with a 14-10 record to finish second in the North Division standings.
Delaware State (19-22 overall) will close out the regular season with a non-conference doubleheader at home against St. Bonaventure on Friday (May 12).