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Justin Landgrebe, Staff Writer

The Hartford Hawks baseball team took a weekend trip down to Baltimore to take on Coppin State in a three-game series. The first two games took place in a doubleheader on April Fool’s Day.

The Hawks came into the weekend riding a 10-game losing streak, looking to turn things around. That happened to be the case as Hartford opened the weekend with a 3-1 victory. Alec Couture came out firing on the mound, pitching seven and third innings, allowing three hits and only one run while striking out eight Coppin State batters as he picked up his first win of the season. Joe Dooly came in to get the last two outs in the ninth to pick up his first save. Shortstop JJ Romatzick went 1 for 2 with two walks, one RBI, and a run scored, while first baseman Noah Rivera and left fielder Derek Benzinger drove in the other two Hartford runs.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Hartford had their eyes on a winning streak. Unfortunately, that did not become a reality, as they lost by a score of 4-3. Robert Chaney pitched five innings, allowing four runs and striking out three. Right fielder Ryan Knight led the offense with two hits, a walk, and an RBI. Catcher Harrison Engstrom and third baseman Martin Chavarria drove in the other two runs for the Hawks, with Engstrom’s RBI coming via a solo home run, making it his first of the season.