Mids Fall on Walk-Off Hit
April 10, 2013
HANOVER, Md. - A two-RBI, bases-loaded single by David Hamlet with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Coppin State a 7-6 win over Navy on Wednesday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover. The Eagles scored five runs, three of which were unearned, over the final three innings to get the win.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, freshman reliever Andrew Bartek issued a walk and then hit a batter before being replaced by Joel Rinehart. Rinehart struck out the first batter he faced and then got Ian Arciaga to hit a roller to the right side, but second baseman Brad Borosak couldn't field the ball cleanly, loading the bases. Hamlet then hit a line-drive single into center field, plating two runs to give the Eagles (10-19) the win.
The Mids (17-17) sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the first and despite not registering a hit they grabbed a 3-0 lead. A hit batter, four walks - including bases-loaded free pass to Craig Veech - and two wild pitches brought in runs that gave the Mids the early lead.
The Eagles took advantage of two Navy errors in the bottom of the fifth to get on the scoreboard with a pair of unearned runs to make it a 3-2 game.
Navy left runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings, coming away empty each time. In the top of the sixth, Veech got on base with a one-out single and came around to score three batters later on a sacrifice fly to center field by Borosak.
Four hits in the top of the seventh helped the Mids push their lead to 6-2. An RBI double by Kash Manzelli into the gap in left-center field scored Greg Dupell. Later, a two-out base knock into left field by Jack Keller drove in Manzelli to give Navy a four-run lead.
Three walks, a hit batter and an error plagued Navy in the seventh as the Eagles scored three runs to make the score 6-5.
Coppin State's Michael Roberts held Navy without a hit over the final two innings to earn the win. Bartek, who took the loss, didn't give up a hit in two complete innings and was charged with the Eagles last two runs, both of which were unearned.
Navy will resume conference play this weekend when it travels to Holy Cross for a four-game set beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 3 p.m.