NO. 1 B-CU SCORES SEVEN IN SIXTH, PULLS AWAY FOR 15-5 MEAC TOURNAMENT WIN
May 20, 2010
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman scored seven runs in the sixth inning to break open a 3-2 game on its way to a 15-5 victory over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team in the first round of the MEAC Tournament at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Thursday.
The top-seeded Wildcats (33-20) advance to Saturday's second-round game between North Carolina A&T and winner of the Delaware State-Norfolk State contest at 6 p.m., Thursday. No. 6 UMES (8-42) will face No. 5 Coppin State Friday at 10 a.m.
B-CU sent 11 men to plate in the decisive six inning, getting RBI base hits from Emmanuel Castro, Matt Wright, Brandon Turner, Jeremy Davis, Ryan Durrence and Peter O'Brien.
Durrence led the Wildcats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBIs while Peter O'Brien chipped in with four hits, a homer, three runs scored and two driven in.
UMES senior center fielder and Second Team All-MEAC member Phil Vaughn (Clinton, Md.) had a three-run double while junior catcher Nick Wiggins (Littleton, Colo.) collected two hits in three at-bats with a run and RBI.
Left-hander Donnie Haines (Carneys Point, N.J.) kept the game close through five but wasn't able to get navigate through the sixth inning and absorbed the loss. Haines (1-9), in his first action since sustaining a head wound in the series against North Carolina Central May 5-9, threw 5.2 innings, giving up 11 hits and 10 runs (nine earned), striking out three and walking one.
Bethune-Cookman starter Patrick Goelz (5-2) pitched a solid 6.1 innings, surrendering seven hits and all five runs. He walked three and struck out three. After B-CU opened a 3-1 lead through three innings, UMES got a run back in the fourth, getting to within one at 3-2. Elliott Alston (Littleton, Colo.) led off with a double to wall in left and came in on a double-play ball to second base. That's how things stayed until B-CU's big sixth which made it 10-2.
The Hawks didn't quit, though, responding with three runs in the top of the seventh. The rally began with a one-out walk to Luis Mena (Cape Coral, Fla.). Wiggins and Lorenzo Christy (Germantown, Md.) followed with back-to-back singles before Vaughn's double sliced the lead in half, 10-5.
The dangerous B-CU offense batted around again in the eighth, tallying five runs for the win. Durrence's shot to left field with two aboard and no one out pushed the score to 13-5 and O'Brien rocketed another one out to left, prior to a bases-loaded walk to Juan Perez, forcing Alejandro Sanchez in from third, ended the game.
UMES struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Lucas Koenig (Berlin, Md.) drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Mena's double to the left-center field gap. An RBI groundout by Wiggins put the Hawks on top.
Sanchez ripped a double down the left-field line with two gone to give B-CU a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the frame, scoring O'Brien and Castro.
The Wildcats added to their lead in the third with an unearned run off consecutive errors by shortstop Alston and a single to short by Durrence.