Coppin State Rally Downs Baseball, 10-8
Feb. 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Coppin State Eagles scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to erase an 8-6 deficit and defeat Navy, 10-8 on Wednesday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis. The Eagles took advantage of three Navy errors in the inning to push across four unearned runs.
"Coppin State battled all day and kept the pressure on us," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "We obviously had a bad ninth inning, but because they never gave up, the credit goes to them. They played hard and took advantage of the breaks."
Navy reliever Joel Rinehart retired the Eagles in order in the top of the eighth inning, but issued a leadoff walk to start the ninth. Pinch hitter Daniel McCrea then hit a ball toward Navy shortstop David Wiedeman, but second baseman Brad Borosak dropped Wiedeman's toss before stepping on the bag to give the Eagles a pair of runners on base. The next batter, Alex Brown, pulled CSU to within one run with a single to left center field.
An error by Craig Veech at third base then allowed Coppin State to tie the game when he couldn't handle a throw from Rinehart on what would have been a force-out play, allowing McCrea to score. Later in the inning with one out, another error by Veech, this time on a throw to second base, gave CSU the lead, 9-8. A sacrifice fly by Nathan Pitts made it a 10-8 game.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, a pair of singles put the tying runs on base for the Mids, but Borosak bounced into a game-ending, 6-4-3 double play.
Rinehart suffered the hard-luck loss as all four runs he yielded were unearned. Chris Vazquez, who pitched the final two innings for the Eagles (1-3) earned the win.
Kash Manzelli led Navy (2-2) at the plate with a career-high four hits as he went 4-for-5 and hit his third-career home run. His solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the final Navy run of the day. Chris Cannon tied his career high with three hits, going 3-for-5.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning, the Mids scored three runs with the help of a two-RBI single by Borosak to grab their first lead of the game.
The two teams kept the scoring going in the fourth inning, each managing three runs. A bases-clearing double off the bat of CSU's David Hamlett in the top of the fourth pushed the Eagles back in front, 6-5. In the bottom of the frame, Greg Dupell doubled in Dave Milanes and Brandon Beans' RBI groundout later brought in Dupell. The Manzelli home run gave Navy a two-run lead, 8-6.
Over the next three innings, Navy reliever Luke Gillingham quieted the Eagles as he allowed just two hits and struck out three. But the Navy offense was unable to extend the lead, stranding a pair of runners in both the fifth and sixth innings.
The Mids will travel to Kinston, N.C., this weekend to face Air Force in the third-annual Freedom Classic. The teams are scheduled to play game one of the series on Friday at 6 p.m.