BCU Uses Eighth Inning Rally To Defeat Fairfield

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Jameel Edney’s three-run homer lifts Wildcats

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jameel Edney’s three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning capped off a come-from-behind win for Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday evening, as the Wildcats defeated Fairfield, 7-5 in non-conference baseball action inside Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Trailing 5-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Bethune-Cookman (11-6) would score six unanswered runs to collect its fourth late-inning come-from-behind win of the 2017 campaign.

With Demetrius Sims and Josten Heron each reaching safely in the sixth courtesy a pair of errors charged to the Fairfield (3-9) infield, pinch hitter Michael Deeb collected his first hit as a Wildcat with a two-run scoring double inside the bag at first to plate both base runners.

That brought BCU to within 5-3.

It was in the bottom of the eighth that BCU would step ahead and secure the win.

Peter Horn would relieve Stags’ right-hander Ian Halpin on the bump to begin the Wildcats at-bat in the bottom of the frame.

Back-to-back errors charged to Fairfield, the Stags third and fourth of the game, allowed Sims and freshman left fielder Bobby Stewart to reach safely to begin the Cats at-bat. After Heron was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded with nobody out.

Redshirt junior Kyle Corbin would eventually plate Stewart with a sacrifice fly to right field, putting BCU within a 5-4 deficit with two outs.

That allowed Edney, last year’s hero for the Cats in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship game against Norfolk State, to hit his first home run of the year with a short clear over the wall in left. The shot scored Chase DeBonis and Heron, along with Edney, giving BCU the 7-5 advantage.

The lead was the first of its kind for the Maroon and Gold since taking a 1-0 lead to start in the first inning.

Alexis Herrera collected the final three outs in the ninth, two via strikeout, to earn the win.

Herrera worked the final three innings of the game, striking out three and not allowing a single base runner. The win evened his record at 1-1 on the year.

Bethune-Cookman took the early lead in the first with Trent Nash’s RBI single through the right side that plated Corbin for the 1-0 lead.

However, Fairfield would answer to tie in the top of the second, and eventually take a 4-1lead with three runs scored in the top of the fourth – all unearned due to an error to start the frame. The Stags added another run in the fifth with Drew Arciuolo’s RBI double down the line in left to score catcher Kevin Radziewicz for the 5-1 advantage.

The starter for BCU was TJ Densmore, as the right-hander worked 3.1 innings, giving up four unearned runs on four hits, adding three walks and two strikeouts. Adonis Lao pitched 2.2 innings of relief action as well.

The loss went to Fairfield’s Horn, dropping him to 0-1 on the season.

Stags starter Austin Pope tossed 4.1 innings with just one earned run on five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts before exiting in the bottom of the fifth with two men on and one out for the Wildcats.

BCU was led offensively by three players with two hits each, including Corbin, Edney and second baseman Trent Nash.

Bethune-Cookman jumps back into MEAC play this weekend, welcoming North Carolina Central to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

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