BETHUNE-COOKMAN OVERPOWERS UMES in SWEEP
April 30, 2010
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman pitchers Ali Simpson and Gabriel Hernandez allowed two runs on 11 hits over 13 innings as the Wildcats swept the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader, 11-1 and 12-1 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Friday.
Simpson (6-1) scattered five hits and one walk while striking out seven in six innings and Hernandez (4-3) threw a seven-inning complete game, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out five.
Ryan Durrence and D.J. Leonard supplied the B-CU (28-18, 14-0 MEAC) offense, each hitting 5-for-8 with three runs scored. UMES (5-37, 3-13) was led by Elliott Alston (Littleton, Colo.), who was 3-for-6 with a run.
B-CU got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the first. Justin Hoyte singled to start the inning, stole second and scored on a Ryan Durrence double down the left-field line.
The Wildcats made it 4-0 in the second, taking advantage of three UMES errors, two of which came from freshman left fielder Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.). B-CU scored two more in the third with two outs. Emmanuel Castro singled up the middle and came home when D.J. Leonard tripled to center field. The Hawks' infield lost a Jeremy Davis popup in the wind to bring in the sixth run.
Down, 7-0, in the fifth, The Hawks cut into the lead. Freshman Lucas Koenig (Berlin, Md.) led off the frame with a single to center and went to second on a Simpson wild pitch. After a pair of strikeouts, senior Phil Vaughn (Clinton, Md.) singled home Koenig.
Hoyte homered to left-center field, highlighting a three-run bottom of the inning with two out to push the score to 10-1 and Peter O'Brien added an RBI double in the sixth to put the MEAC-mandated run rule into effect.
The second game was much of the same as the Wildcats scored at least a run in four of their six at-bats. B-CU built and 7-0 advantage and tallied to five more in the fifth before UMES scraped together a run in the seventh.
Alston singled to right with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch after Bryan Chaikowsky (Bethlehem, Pa.) struck out. Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) followed with a walk. Alston then scored on a throwing error by O'Brien behind the plate.
Tony Gonzales (New Brunfels, Texas) and John DesChamps (Virginia Beach, Va.) took the losses on the mound for UMES. Gonzales (1-8) went the entire way in Game 1, giving up seven earned runs on 15 hits and one walk. He struck out two.
The teams close the series Saturday at 1 p.m.