Bethune-Cookman Advances To MEAC Championship Game


MEAC Championship Game

Bethune-Cookman Advances To MEAC Championship Game


Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations

SALISBURY, Md. – Bethune-Cookman junior German Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings, combining with freshman Alexis Herrera’s two scoreless frames to help the Wildcats to a 13-0 decision over Delaware State in the semifinal contest of the MEAC Baseball Championships on Friday afternoon at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

Having fallen in the opening game of the 2015 MEAC Baseball Championships to the Delaware State Hornets on Wednesday, Bethune-Cookman (19-39) wasted little time avoiding a repeat of that performance.

With the bases loaded and one out in the first inning, Jameel Edney recorded a fielder’s choice RBI that scored shortstop Demetrius Sims for the game’s opening run. Austin Garcia followed with a RBI single to right, scoring Nathan Bond for the 2-0 lead.

Garcia was back to action in the third, driving in Edney from first with a double to left center. The LaBelle, Florida sophomore would come in to score himself off a wild pitch from Delaware State (16-29) starting pitcher Darrien Ragins, allowing the Wildcats a 4-0 lead after three innings in the books.

After scoring two more runs in the fourth, Bethune-Cookman put the run-rule into place in the fifth, plating seven runs in the frame.

Brandon Amendolare and Jake Welch scored off the bat of Sims, while Bryant Munoz scored Sims with a RBI single to center field.

That stretched the B-CU lead out to 7-0.

Bond drove across Munoz with a single through the left side, followed by Garcia’s bases loaded single through the left side off DSU reliever Tyler Cullen. When Amendolare tallied a sacrifice fly to left that allowed Jordan Robinson to score from third, the Wildcats lead stood at 12-0.

The final run of the game came off the bat of Welch, as he singled to left bringing in Edney for the final 13-0 decision in favor of the Maroon and Gold.

In his first career start on the mound, Hernandez worked five innings, picking up his best outing of the campaign in allowing just a single hit and fanning four batters against just two walks. With the win, he upped his record to 1-2 for the year. Herrera worked the final two innings out of the bullpen, giving up four hits and striking out two batters.

Bethune-Cookman was led offensively by the play of Bond who finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored and a RBI. Sims ended the game 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI, with teammate Garcia turning in a 3-for-4 effort with three RBI and scoring a single run. Robinson and Edney each gathered multi-hit games as well.

Bethune-Cookman will now advance to face rival Florida A&M for the MEAC title. B-CU would need to defeat FAMU twice in order to claim the championship for the second time in as many years, and advance to the ninth NCAA Regional in the past 10 seasons.

The championship finale is set for Saturday, May 16, beginning at 1 p.m.



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