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Coppin State baseball team off to record start

Posted at 1:01 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 08:36:22-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — The Coppin State baseball team has an attitude that is translating into unprecedented success.

“We do not like losing. We don’t take losing lightly,” said pitcher Jahmon Taylor. “All we want to do is win, really. We’ll do anything to get the job done.”

So far they are.

The Eagles are off to their best start in the 25 year history of the program, a 12-9 record overall. The momentum has continued from last season when they won a school-record 21 games overall and 18 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. They reached the semifinals of the 2018 MEAC Tournament.

“We didn’t finish the job. So, now that we know we can win, we want the whole thing,” said Taylor. “Instead of a piece of the cake we want the whole thing.”

On the field, Coppin can do it all.

“I think it’s just having the will to win no matter how we get it done, whether it’s small ball or we’ll occasionally run into a home run,” said pitcher/catcher Corey Treyes.

“We’re going to find a way, somehow, someway. This team tends to take on challenges. They don’t blink,” added Head Coach Sherman Reed.

Their leader is Taylor. The pitcher is one of 30 players nationally selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. It’s given annually to a senior who excels both on and off the field.

“Just being recognized for that is really satisfying,” he said.

Taylor and the Eagles are doing all this winning about 12 miles from their campus. There home field is Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover. It takes them about 30 minutes to get to there.

“It gets frustrating sometimes, but we make it work because champions find a way to win,” said Treyes.

“We kind of accept it and embrace it,” added Taylor.

There has been talk of getting an on-campus facility for more than two decades. Coach Reed said to do it right a new stadium would cost upwards of $2 million.

“It’s probably on as far the forefront as it’s ever been here at Coppin," Reed said. "It appears that the next big capital project will be a baseball facility.”

That would be another win for the Eagles and the West Baltimore community.

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