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Coppin State Steals Game One

March 7, 2015

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KINSTON, N.C. – The Army baseball team dropped game one of its doubleheader with Coppin State on Saturday by a 4-3 final score. Army held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Eagles scored three runs in a walk-off victory.

The result drops Army to 5-4 overall, while Coppin State improved to 4-1.

Mark McCants and Ben Smith each registered two hits and McCants scored twice for the Army offense.

Army starter Julian Larimer took Army into the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead before he ran into trouble in the Eagles’ final at bat. A walk to Rodriguez followed by Dower’s single put the tying run on base and brought Justin French into the game out of the Army bullpen.

French entered the two-on, nobody out situation before an error on Wright’s sacrifice bunt attempt allowed both runners to score and tied the game at 3-3. French induced a pop up for the first out, walked the next hitter and struck out Mendez. Following an intentional walk to Brown that loaded the bases, Calvin worked a walk that brought home Wright from third for the deciding run.

Larimer and Coppin State starting pitcher Dillon O’Brien kept the game scoreless through the first four innings. The Eagles’ first hit came with one out in the fifth when Kraft singled with a man on and one out. An error put Coppin State on the board after Army plated two unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Larimer gave up three runs on three hits with eight walks and seven strikeouts over his six innings. Both he and O’Brien, who allowed two runs on four hits and fanned three, earned no-decisions.

Army tacked on a run against Anderson Burgess after McCants’ leadoff double in the top of the seventh. Burgess ended up earning the win to improve to 1-1, while French dropped to 1-1.

Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader is underway. Please check back to goARMYsports.com for a full recap.

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