2015 MEAC Baseball Conference Championships




Bethune-Cookman Eliminates Norfolk State To Advance


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SALISBURY, Md. – Alex Seibold struck out 10 batters over six-plus innings to lead Bethune-Cookman to a 12-1 win over Norfolk State in an elimination game of the MEAC Baseball Championship on Friday morning at Perdue Stadium.

Norfolk State Spartans BaseballThe Spartans’ most successful season in their Division I era ends with a 27-16 record, while B-CU (18-39) remains alive in the elimination bracket. The game was shortened to eight innings due to the 10-run rule. Bethune-Cookman advances to meet Delaware State in an elimination game at 2 p.m.

Seibold allowed just three hits and one run while fanning 10 Spartans. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel between Seibold and NSU senior right hander Stephen Butt. B-CU scored the game’s first run in the top of the fourth. Bryant Munoz led off with a double to left field. The next batter, Nathan Bond, flew out to right field and Munoz tagged up. Spartan right fielder Angel Rosario’s throw to third looked like it may be in time, but it bounced off Munoz’s back and into the NSU dugout to allow Munoz to score.

The Spartans didn’t get their first hit until Rosario’s two-out single in the fourth, but he was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Bethune Cookman WildcatsB-CU scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Austin Garcia hit a one-out solo home run. Jameel Edney added a sacrifice fly and Munoz an RBI single later in the inning to make it 4-0.

The Spartans scratched across a run in the bottom of the seventh. Syeed Mahdi was hit by a pitch, and Rosario and Roger Hall singled to load the bases. Pinch hitter Robbie Depp’s groundout allowed Mahdi to score. But B-CU reliever Clint Clymer struck out Ryan Kilmon and Omar Hotusing to end the threat.

B-CU tacked on eight runs in the top of the eighth to break the game open.

Butt (5-2) ended his stellar career at NSU by taking the hard-luck loss. He allowed just three hits but surrendered four runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings. He walked three, hit three and struck out two.

Rosario led NSU with a 2-for-4 day. Munoz went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Wildcats.



Florida A&M Advances To MEAC Championship


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SALISBURY, Md. – Florida A&M (22-23, 15-9 MEAC) scored all 11 runs over the final three innings to drop Delaware State (16-28, 13-11 MEAC) 11-2 and advance to the MEAC Championship Game which will be held on Saturday.

FAMU RattlersFAMU starter Ricky Page (2-0) earned the win after pitching a season-long seven innings and tied a season-high with five strikeouts. Page only allowed one unearned run on three hits with four walks. Six different Rattlers had multi-hit performances in the win. The Rattlers have now won five straight games and eight of their last nine.

FAMU has totaled 27 hits so far in its’ first two games of the MEAC Tournament. For the second straight game, at least four FAMU players had a multi-hit day.

Marlon Gibbs was 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and three runs scored, while Jeremy Barlow recorded a season-high three hits as he went 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. AJ Elkins, Ryan Kennedy, Brian Davis and Kendal Weeks each added two hits for the Rattler offense. Davis drove in a season-high three runs in the game including a two-run single in the sixth inning that helped blow the game open.

Delaware State Baseball logoDSU scored first with an unearned run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Jaylen Zielecki drew a walk with one out and scored from first as Austin Bentley reached on a throwing error from Kennedy. Kennedy’s throw to first went high and ricocheted off the wall behind first base and back into play.

Florida A&M finally got the offense going as it exploded with five runs to take a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Rattlers had six hits in the inning, including four straight hits to start the bottom of the sixth. Elkins and Gibbs recorded back-to-back singles to start the FAMU sixth. After a ball that was just foul of a would-be home run, Kennedy followed with an RBI double to right center to score Elkins. With runners now on second and third, Davis plated two more runs with a single to left center. After Michael Birdsong flew out just shy of the wall in left, a wild pitch from Hornet reliever Hunter McVey allowed Davis to come home from third. Barlow scored the fifth run of the inning on an RBI single from Kendal Weeks.

Weeks came into the MEAC Tournament with just two hits on the season, but has caught fire and tallied three hits so far since entering the Tournament.

The Rattlers added another run in the seventh inning to push their lead to 6-1. Gibbs led off with a single to short, stole second and moved to third on a groundout to second from Kennedy. Gibbs later came home to score on a sac fly to left from Davis.

Delaware State picked up its’ final run in the eighth to cut the Rattler lead to 6-2. Justin Allen led off with a single and came around to score after back-to-back singles from Zielecki and Bentley.



Spartans Stay Alive With 7-6, Walk-Off Win Over UMES


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SALISBURY, Md. – One day after falling victim to a ninth-inning rally, the Norfolk State baseball team pulled off one of its own on Thursday morning at Perdue Stadium, walking off with a 7-6 win over Maryland Eastern Shore to remain alive at the 2015 MEAC Baseball Championship.

Norfolk State Spartans BaseballThe Spartans (27-15) advance to a 10 a.m. elimination game Friday against the winner of Thursday afternoon’s game between Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman.

With NSU trailing 6-5 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans tied things up on Angelo Rosario’s RBI double down the right-field line. Rosario then scored the winning run on pinch hitter Robbie Depp’s fielder’s choice grounder as NSU eliminated the Hawks (16-32).

Syeed Mahdi led off the bottom of the ninth by reaching on an infield single against Hawk closer Devin Repine (0-3). Rosario then lined a two-strike Repine pitch into the right-field corner to allow Mahdi to score. A groundout moved Rosario to third, and UMES intentionally walked Robbie Hiser to set up a double play possibility. But Depp grounded Repine’s first pitch to shortstop, resulting in a force at second. But UMES shortstop Jordan Martin’s throw to first was high, allowing Depp to reach safely and Rosario to score the winning run.

UMES led 6-2 in the sixth inning, but NSU plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to get back into it. Troy Applin walked with two outs, and after a wild pitch, scored on Ryan Kilmon’s RBI single. Alex Mauricio reached on a bunt single and UMES third baseman Connor Breslin threw the ball away, letting Kilmon score. Mikey Bruno then chased UMES starter Tanner Whiteman from the game with an RBI single to bring the Spartans within 6-5.

NSU freshman reliever Michael Parmentier (3-1) kept his team in it with a clutch performance out of the bullpen. Parmentier pitched the final four innings without allowing a baserunner. He struck out four of the 12 batters he faced.

The Hawks jumped out on top quickly against NSU starter Devin Hemmerich with single runs in the first and second innings. Joshua James’ sacrifice fly in the first and Breslin’s RBI single in the second got UMES off to a 2-0 start. But the Spartans tied it in the third as Mahdi doubled in Mauricio and Rosario hit a sacrifice fly to score Bruno.

The Hawks reclaimed the lead on Hamrick’s RBI single in the top of the fourth, then added three more in the top of the fifth on Greg Turlik’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice and a two-run single by Skylar Murray to make it 6-2.

Rosario went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Mahdi was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while Mauricio scored a pair of runs.

Hamrick and Dattilo had two hits apiece for the Hawks.

FAMU scored five more runs in the eighth inning for the final score of 11-2.

Delaware State starter Zach Candeloro (1-0) suffered the loss after he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Candeloro recorded three strikeouts and one walk.

Florida A&M advances to Saturday’s MEAC Championship which is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. The Rattlers will face the winner out of the losers’ bracket between Delaware State, Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman.


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