Bethune Cookman Maldonado, Norris Collect MEAC Weekly Awards






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NORFOLK, Va. – For the first time in recorded history, three separate pitchers swept the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) weekly awards, announced Monday afternoon from the league office in Norfolk, Virginia. Amongst the players of the week, Anthony Maldonado and Tyler Norris of Bethune-Cookman, each working in bookends of a weekend series against Boston College at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Tyler Norris, a 6-1, junior right-hander from Coral Springs, Florida, was named this week’s MEAC Co-Pitcher of the Week. He was the opening night starter on the mound for Bethune-Cookman as the Wildcats began a series sweep of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent and 2016 CWS Super Regional participant Boston College in Daytona Beach. Norris tossed six scoreless innings without factoring into the decision against the Eagles, but allowed just two hits while picking up a career-high 11 strikeouts. 

For Norris, the opening night win was the second of its kind in consecutive years for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High product. 

Anthony Maldonado, a 6-4, freshman from West Palm Beach, Florida, picked up this week’s MEAC Rookie of the Week award. Maldonado earned his first collegiate start on Sunday, registering the win and helping the Wildcats complete a series sweep of Boston College. Maldonado worked 5.1 innings for the Maroon and Gold, striking out 10 of the 19 batters he faced, and scattering just four hits in his time on the bump. He did not give up a run in helping the Wildcats sweep their ACC foe, picking up his first win. 

Norfolk State junior pitcher Alex Mauricio was named as the MEAC Player of the Week as he was key in the Spartans sweeping Villanova in a weekend series. He was 5-for-7 at the plate (.714) with two doubles and a pair of RBIs, while also boasting a .777 on-base percentage. On Friday, Mauricio made his first collegiate start on the mound, going six shutout innings and striking out nine to earn the win. 

Bethune-Cookman gets back to action Wednesday, Feb. 22, when the Wildcats host Florida Atlantic to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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