BALTIMORE, Md. –
Coppin State blasted two home runs in a double header at UMBC on Thursday, March 23rd
at the UMBC Softball Stadium. UMBC won the midweek matchup 6-3 in game one and 10-4 in game two.
Coppin State falls to 2-18 overall while UMBC moves to 11-15 record.
Freshman outfielder Camille Nowak
led the Eagles with two hits and scored a run against UMBC. The Eagles finished with seven hits and led early on 2-0 after the third inning. UMBC trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning and then took a 3-2 advantage in the fourth inning.
Isabella Didio recorded a homerun for her first career hit as an Eagle. In the top of the third inning, sophomore Dakota Gartrell
drew a walk and then Didio brought her home with a two-run homer to left field.
Nowak singled to the pitcher to lead off the fourth inning while freshman infielder Patricia Soria
and sophomore DH Hatika James
both singled to the outfield in the fifth inning.
Coppin State's next run came in the sixth inning on one hit and a defensive error by UMBC. Nowak had her second hit of the game in the inning with a blast to center field. Sophomore infielder Cayla Brown
was walked next and then sophomore outfielder Melanie Benge
RBI singled up the middle scoring Nowak for Coppin State's final run.
Sophomore Madison Didion
(2-9) made her 11th
start of the season and struck out four batters while walking one. The Retrievers finished with 11 hits scoring runs in the third inning, two in the fourth inning, one in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning.
In game two, Cayla Brown
went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs including her first homerun of the season. Benge, Nowak, sophomore infielder Megan Narvaez
and freshman outfielder Haley Bravo
all had hits against the Retrievers.
Coppin State got on the board first with a pair of hits and a fielding error by UMBC in the first inning. Narvaez reached on an error by the infield to lead off and then was moved to second base on a single through the right side by Brown. Next, Benge RBI singled through the left side scoring Narvaez.
UMBC went ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning on two hits. The Eagles answered back with three runs in the third inning on two hits and a second fielding error by the UMBC defense. Bravo was the first Eagle to get on base reaching on a throwing error. Nowak singled up the middle moving Bravo to second and then Brown hit a long ball to center field scoring three runs.
In the fifth inning, Narvaez and Bravo each hit singles to the outfield in back-to-back plate appearances, but no more runs were scored by Coppin State in a 10-4 loss to UMBC in game two.
CSU used four pitchers with freshman Arianna Alderete
making her third start of the season tossing 2.0 innings and walking one. Gartrell was issued her first loss of the season and Spaziani and Didion both seen action in the later innings on the mound.
UMBC led 5-4 after the third inning and then added on five runs in the fourth inning cruising to a 10-4 win in game two.
Coppin State opens Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three game series at Maryland Eastern Shore. The Hawks and Eagles will play a double header on Saturday, March 25th
at 1 p.m. and then a single game on Sunday, March 26th
beginning at noon.