Bethune Cookman Sweeps Series From Boston College

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Four players collected multiple hits, while freshman pitcher Anthony Maldonado was impressive in his collegiate debut in helping Bethune-Cookman defeat Boston College, 3-2 in non-conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. With the win, Bethune-Cookman sweeps the series – the first of its kind against a member of the current Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in program history.

Anthony Maldonado, a freshman from West Palm Beach, Florida, took the ball on Sunday afternoon, but looked anything but a rookie on the bump. The Palm Beach Central High School alum worked 5.1 innings for Bethune-Cookman, striking out 10 batters and walking just one, all while scattering four hits. It was the most batters struck out by a rookie in his collegiate debut since Joseph “Gio” Gautier (8 vs. Stetson, Feb. 14, 2006).

Meanwhile, the Bethune-Cookman (3-0) offense started early for the second consecutive game, giving the rookie some ease on the mound.

Bethune-Cookman opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when junior right fielder Kyle Corbin (Orlando, Fla.) scored from third on a Dan Metzdorf wild pitch. Corbin led off the frame with a single, advancing a batter later on a sacrifice bunt from Cole Parks (Chiefland, Fla.).

Metzdorf, a draft-eligible sophomore left-hander for Boston College (0-3), would go 4.1 innings on the afternoon, allowing three runs on seven hits, three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

The Wildcats would add another run in the home-half of the third inning to increase the lead at 2-0.

Parks began the at-bat with a single to center field, followed by a single through the right side from third baseman Jameel Edney (West Palm Beach, Fla.) – one of his game-high matching three hits on the day. Parks would eventually make his way around to score when the Boston College defense turned a ground ball double play off the bat of Danny Rodriguez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).

Senior designated hitter Austin Garcia (LaBelle, Fla.) made it 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats in the bottom of the fifth, taking the first pitch from Boston College reliever Jack Nelson to right field to push across Edney who had reached earlier in the Wildcats’ at-bat on a single up the middle.

The Eagles cut into the lead in the top of the ninth with a pair of runs.

A two-out rally began with leadoff man Jake Palomaki singling to right, followed by an RBI double from shortstop Johnny Adams to plate Palomaki for the Eagles first run of the game. The BCU advantage dropped to 3-2 one batter later, using the bat of Michael Strem for another RBI double.

Bethune-Cookman sixth-year head coach Jason Beverlin went to the bullpen for Alexis Herrera (Miami, Fla.) to gather the final out, with the hard-throwing right-hander getting Boston College’s Donovan Casey to ground out to Edney at third for the final out of the game.

The win went to Maldonado (1-0), while the loss was the first of its kind on the year for Boston College’s Metzdorf.

Herrera earned his first save of the year for the Wildcats, while junior Adonis Lao (Elmhurst, N.Y.) relieved Maldonado in the sixth. He threw 1.2 innings, striking out one and walking one with no hits allowed in his Bethune-Cookman debut.

Edney led the Cats at the plate with a perfect 3-for-3 afternoon, while Corbin, Garcia and Demetrius Sims (Ann Arbor, Mich.) all tallied two hits apiece.

The Eagles were led offensively by Strem’s three hits in five appearances at the dish, followed by Casey with two hits.

Bethune-Cookman gets back to action Wednesday, Feb. 22, when the Wildcats host Florida Atlantic to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

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