Baseball Outslugs Coppin State, 17-12
Joel Rinehart improved to 5-4 with the win on Tuesday.
May 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy baseball team used back-to-back five-run innings and a six-RBI performance from Andrew Hahn to defeat Coppin State, 17-12, on Tuesday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium. The win improved the Mids' record to 23-26 on the year, while Coppin State fell to 1-42.
Hahn became the 28th player in program history to record at least six RBIs in game and the first since Jeff Bland drove in six runs on April 17, 2010.
"Andrew had a great day," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "With four hits and six RBIs, he was on base the entire game. Andrew was our leader out there today."
Coppin State's Ian Arciaga gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead with a bases-clearing triple in the top of the first inning, but Navy cut into the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Hahn picked up his first hit of the day in the bottom of the frame when his double to left field brought in the first two Navy runs of the game.
The Midshipmen then took the lead in the bottom of the third inning by scoring five runs off four hits. Greg Dupell belted the first of two triples in the frame as his shot to right field scored Alex Azor. Manzelli drove in Dupell in the next at-bat with a single through the right side. A two-out triple later in the inning by Hahn brought in two more runs for a 7-3 Navy advantage.
Alex Brown pulled CSU within two runs with a two-out, two-RBI single to left field in the top of the fourth inning, but the Mids were quick to counter again in the bottom of the frame. Milanes started a string of three consecutive RBI hits as his single to right field plated the first of five runs in the bottom of the inning. An RBI single by Moore scored the next run and Hahn followed with his fifth RBI of the game with a single through the left side. Chance Jones' RBI groundout made the score 12-5.
The Eagles crept back into the game with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, keyed by a two-RBI double from Arciaga. Aaron Jones added an RBI single and John Walls' RBI groundout made the score 12-9.
Hahn's sixth RBI of the day came in the bottom of the sixth inning on a single, and Navy went on to add three more runs in the seventh that eventually put the game away. A wild pitch, bases-loaded walk to Milanes and sacrifice fly by Moore made the score 16-9 heading to the eighth inning.
A bases-loaded walk to Manzelli in the bottom of the eighth inning brought in Navy's final run and the Eagles pushed across three more runs in the top of the ninth to make the final score 17-12.
Joel Rinehart was the fifth Navy pitcher to see action on Tuesday and ended the Coppin State rally in the sixth inning with a strikeout. Rinehart held the Eagles hitless in two and one-third innings of action and also struck out four batters to earn his fifth win of the year.
Coppin State starting pitcher Madison Neddo surrendered seven runs off six hits in two and two-thirds innings to take the loss.
Navy will travel to Dover, Del., tomorrow to take on Delaware State at 4 p.m.