SALISBURY, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team lost to the Coppin State Eagles 5-4 in 11 innings on Sunday, with Coppin State taking the series win two games to one.
Sophomore Marty Tolson, Jr. (Stafford, Va.) struck out three and allowed just one run in six innings for The Shore (2-16, 1-2 MEAC). Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, N.J.), another sophomore, was given the loss in relief for two innings, but had three hits with an RBI triple.
The first score of the game came in the second inning from Marshall’s triple. A RBI single by freshman Dillon Oxyer (Pasadena, Md.) gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the third.
UMES held Coppin State (3-12-1, 2-1 MEAC) scoreless until the sixth inning, when the lead was cut to 2-1. The Eagles scored two more runs to take the lead in the top of the seventh. A RBI single by junior Joey Nicastro (New Market, Md.) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh.
In the eighth, the Eagles scored to retake the lead, until junior Dominic DeBlasie (Tilton, N.H.) hit a home run to once again tie the game.
After a strikeout in the ninth by senior Chris Melrath (Rising Sun, Md.), Marshall prevented the Eagles from scoring in the tenth, unfortunately the Hawks could not score the decisive run. In the 11th, a sacrifice fly by Coppin State won them the game.
The Hawks next travel on their spring break trip to Durham, N.C. On March 20, they will match up against North Carolina Central, then turn around to play Duke on March 21.