Dover, Del. (May 3, 2019) --- Coppin State’s hopes of winning a second straight MEAC North title after a doubleheader loss to Delaware State at Soldier Field today. The Hornets won the opener 5-4 in 10 innings and completed the sweep with an 18-1 rout in game two.
The Eagles had a one-game lead over second place Norfolk State in the MEAC North race entering the weekend.
In the opener, Rich Rountree singled home Jared Gillis with the game-winning run with none out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Delaware State to a 5-4 victory.
The score was 4-4 when Gillis singled to lead off the DSU 10th. Pinch hitter Miguel Rivera was hit by a pitch and Darnel Maisonet drew a walk to load the bases. Rountree then singled to right center to drove in the winning run.
The Hornets trailed 4-2 before scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game.
Delaware State scored first with a run in the bottom of the second inning off Coppin State starter Aaron Rea. Maisonet doubled with one out, advanced to third on a passed ball and crossed the plate on a double by Rountree for the game’s first run.
Coppin State answered with two runs on a double by Marcos Castillo in the top of the fourth off Hornet starter Garrett Lawson to take a 2-1 lead. Prior to the inning, Lawson had allowed just one run and nine hits to the Eagles in 15 innings this season.
Delaware State tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the fifth when Adrian Hill tripled with one out and Tommy Jordan followed with a double.
CSU tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh innings off Lawson to open up a 4-2 lead.
The Hornets got one back in the bottom of the seventh when John Weglarz tripled home Mark Herron, who walked to lead off the inning.
Delaware State tied the game again in the eighth when Rountree tripled with two outs and scored on an infield single by Todd Henry.
Freshman Robert Shorts (3-2) pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three without a walk, to earn the win for the Hornets.
Lawson went 6.2 innings, giving up six hits and four runs, while recording nine strikeouts and one walk.
Rountree was three-for-five with a triple, double and two runs batted in, while Maisonet, Weglarz and Jordan each had two hits.
In game two, Gillis was four-for-four with a home run and three RBI to lead the Hornets’ 16-hit attack. Maisonet and Jordan also drove in three runs, while Rivera and Henry knocked in two each on the nightcap.
Delaware State jumped on Coppin State starter Jahmon Taylor right away in the first inning, scoring seven runs on five hits in the opening frame.
Rivera singled in the first two runs, while Henry had a two-run triple in the inning.
The Hornets tacked on three more runs in the second to open up a 10-1 lead. The big blow in the inning was a two-run homer by Maisonet, while Gillis doubled in a second-inning run.
Delaware State put five more on the board in fourth, highlighted by a Gillis two-run homer, to stretch its lead to 15-1.
Gillis is 12-for-22 (.545) with a homer, two doubles and eight RBI in the last five games to raise his season average to .303.
Sean McGrath was the game two winner for the Hornets, allowing a run on five hits with six strikeouts in five innings.
The Hornets will go for the three-game sweep in the series finale on Saturday. Game time for DSU’s 2019 home finale is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The Hornets will honor their 2019 seniors prior to the game.