Bethune-Cookman Takes Game One From Boston College

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February 22, 2019 – Daytona Beach, FL, U.S: during game 1 of NCAA baseball game between Boston College Eagles and Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, FL

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A big eighth-inning push helped Bethune-Cookman fight past visiting Boston College on Friday evening by a score of 8-4 in the first of a three-game series between the two teams at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Bethune-Cookman (2-3) led 4-3 with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. That’s when Boston College first baseman Jack Cunningham took a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right field from BCU reliever Brandon Wilkes in order to tie the game at 2-all.

In the bottom of the eighth, BCU would counter with four runs, kick-started by junior right fielder Over Torres’ triple to the gap in right center. After Danny Rodriguez was intentionally walked for the second time in as many bats, Boston College relief pitcher Joey Walsh then walked Brandon Wilkes to load the bases with just one out.

Two batters later, Wildcats shortstop Joseph Fernando lined a two-run scoring double to left field in order to plate Wilkes and Rodriguez for the go-ahead scores.

BCU added two additional runs when junior second baseman Isaak Gutierrez tallied his first collegiate double in also producing his first collegiate RBIs on a two-bagger down the line in right field.

Bethune-Cookman would take an 8-4 lead into the top of the ninth inning.

Wilkes would ultimately close the game by striking out two of the four batters faced in the frame.

The Wildcats opened the contest with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.

After Danny Rodriguez doubled and Brandon Wilkes picked up an infield single off the glove of starting pitcher Matt Gill, Joseph Fernando registered the first of his game-high four RBIs on the night courtesy a double to the wall in left center.

With BCU carrying a 2-0 lead into the top of the third inning, Boston College (3-1) answered with a run of its own in the top of the next frame.

Eagles designated hitter Sal Frelick scored Dante Baldelli with a single to right center, after Baldelli singled to lead off the inning – followed by a stolen base.

Boston College tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth, using back-to-back two-out hits towards the bottom of the order in the form of Cody Morissette and Jake Alu – the latter driving a single to left that scored Morissette from second base.

The win went to Bethune-Cookman’s Brandon Wilkes (1-0) out of the bullpen, as the redshirt senior from Holly Hill, Florida worked the final two innings on the mound, allowing one run on two hits and collecting four strikeouts. The loss was tagged to Boston College reliever Walsh (0-1) as he went an inning on the bump, giving up four earned runs on three hits, three walks and posting two strikeouts.

Neither team’s starter factored into the decision despite a number of scouts on hand to witness the matchup.

BCU’s Anthony Maldonado worked six innings on the hill, allowing just two runs in scattering seven hits and fanning a game-high five batters against zero (0) walks. Boston College’s Gill worked 5.1 innings before coming out with an apparent injury, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, walking one and striking out two.

The BCU offense was paced by Fernando’s 2-for-4 showing at the dish, adding four RBIs and a run scored. Torres delivered an equal 2-for-4 plate appearance on the night with a run of his own.

The two teams meet for game two of the series Saturday at 6 p.m.

Expected to take the mound for Boston College will be right-hander Mason Pelio (0-0, 0.00 ERA) in his first outing of the year. Meanwhile, Bethune-Cookman counters with right-handed senior Tyler Krull (0-0, 5.40 ERA).

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