Baseball Falls to Coppin State


Matthew Tomer, Sports Editor

On Sunday afternoon, the Hartford Hawks baseball team was down in Hanover, Maryland, to play the third and final game against Coppin State. After splitting the series-opening doubleheader on Saturday, the Hawks looked to continue their winning ways for game three.

The game got off to a slow start, as the first two innings were scoreless. In the top of the third, the Hawks would open the scoring off an RBI single from Noah Rivera, scoring JJ Romatzick. Romatzick reached base after working a walk earlier in the inning. The one-run lead wouldn’t last for long, as Coppin State immediately responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third to take their first lead of the game.

Hartford responded with one run in the fifth after Harrison Engstrom drove in Jeremy Mangiameli on an infield single. Mangiameli came into the game as a pinch runner for Devin Kellogg, who blasted a double into right field to lead off the inning. Just as Hartford put another run on the board, Coppin State responded once again in the sixth inning. They added four runs to their commanding lead to take a 10-2 advantage going into the game’s final third.

Despite the Hawks getting one more run back, the Eagles’ lead became too much to overcome, causing them to fall to Coppin State with a final score of 11-3. The legs were working hard for the Hawks, as they stole a season-high three bases throughout the game. Edwin Almanzar Jr. received the loss on the mound after giving up six earned runs on five hits in a little over two innings of work.