Bethune Cookman Cats Take Series From Tennessee Tech With Sunday Win





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Cats Take Series from Tennessee Tech with Sunday Win

Norris, Garcia push BCU to series win in final game


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Austin Garcia and Demetrius Sims each tallied three hits, while starting pitcher Tyler Norris collected his second quality start of the year to help push Bethune-Cookman to a 3-1 win on Sunday over Tennessee Tech at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. In the win, BCU takes the series from the Golden Eagles, and wins its second series of the year to date.

Tyler Norris set the tone on the mound.

Austin Garcia and Demetrius Sims set the tone at the plate.

That was how it went in Sunday’s rubber game between Tennessee Tech and Bethune-Cookman.

After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning, Bethune-Cookman (8-3) bounced back to grab the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Designated hitter Austin Garcia began the rally with the second of his three hits on the day, lacing a single to center through the wind. After catcher Jordan Stacy singled to move Garcia into scoring position at second base, junior transfer Adonis Lao plated both runners with a double to deep left.

Stacy would score easily on the Lao hit, but Garcia appeared to be gunned down at the plate as the relay from Golden Eagles third baseman Trevor Putzig was in time to catcher Chris Brown. However, Brown missed the tag on the chest as Garcia slipped beside him with Brown watching Lao and making sure he did not try to take third. That allowed Garcia to score and put BCU up, 2-1.

As for Tyler Norris on the bump, the Coral Springs, Florida native would retire nine of the next 10 men to face him after giving up the Golden Eagles’ only run in the third inning. The only batter not retired was a walk drawn by Tennessee Tech (8-4) left fielder Anthony Carrera in the fifth.

BCU would secure an insurance run in the home-half of the eighth when redshirt junior shortstop Demetrius Sims doubled off the wall in left center, appropriately driving across Trent Nash from third for the 3-1 final score. Nash was pinch running in place of Garcia after the LaBelle, Florida native registered his third hit of the ballgame with a leadoff single back up the middle.

Norris picked up the win for Bethune-Cookman, giving him his first decision of the campaign despite three previous starts. He went six frames on the hill, allowing just a single run on four hits, a walk and recording six strikeouts. Tyler Krull, Isaak Gutierrez, Joseph Calamita and Ivan Coutinho all accompanied Norris, in order, out of the bullpen. Coutinho earned his third save of the year – the second of its kind in as many days, collecting the final two outs on the mound in the ninth.

The loss went to Tennessee Tech starter Chase Burkett (2-1), dropping his first decision of the year. He went four innings, allowing two runs on five hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

BCU was led offensively by two players with 3-for-4 efforts at the dish. Garcia was one of those players, adding a run as well. And it was Sims matching Garcia’s efforts and adding a RBI to his performance. Lao provided the other two RBIs for the Maroon and Gold.

Putzig had two hits and a RBI for the Golden Eagles to lead them on offense.

Bethune-Cookman is back in action Tuesday, March 7, when the Wildcats host the Owls of Florida Atlantic to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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