Bethune Cookman University Heads To Florida Gulf Coast University For Weekend Series

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman Baseball stays in the Sunshine State this weekend, traveling southwest to the Gulf side to Fort Myers for a series against the red-hot Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at Swanson Stadium on the campus of FGCU. The series begins Friday, Feb. 24, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman (3-0) comes into the weekend off its first-ever sweep of an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team last weekend, as the Wildcats defeated 2016 NCAA Super Regional participant Boston College in three games at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida. Meanwhile, the Eagles of Florida Gulf Coast (4-1) enter the series having won four games in a row, including a midweek victory against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday evening.

AT A GLANCE

Records: Bethune-Cookman 3-0 (0-0 MEAC) | Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 (0-0 A-Sun)

Rankings: Bethune-Cookman is unranked. Florida Gulf Coast is unranked.

On The Web: BCUathletics.com • Twitter: @BCUDiamondCats, @JasonBeverlin

ON THE AIR

Live Stats: Live stats for each game will be available through FGCUathletics.com.

Game One – Click Here

Game Two – Click Here

Game Three – Click Here

BETHUNE-COOKMAN VS. FLORIDA GULF COAST PROBABLE STARTERS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (6:30 p.m.)

Bethune-Cookman

RHP Tyler Norris (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Florida Gulf Coast

RHP Kenton Hering (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (2 p.m.)

Bethune-Cookman

LHP Donté Lindsay (0-0, 7.36 ERA)

Florida Gulf Coast              

RHP Kutter Crawford (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 (1 p.m.)

Bethune-Cookman

RHP Anthony Maldonado (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Florida Gulf Coast

LHP Josh Dye (1-0, 3.00)

Bethune-Cookman-Florida Gulf Coast Series History

  • The last time these two teams met, FGCU took two out of three from the Wildcats in Daytona Beach a season ago.
  • The Eagles posted a pair of wins in bookend fashion during the season.
  • Bethune-Cookman’s Tyler Norris pitched the Wildcats past the Eagles in the second game, as BCU collected a 1-0 shutout.
    • In Sunday’s series finale, trailing 5-4 heading into the top of the eighth inning, visiting Florida Gulf Coast plated five runs with two outs in order to claim a 9-5 advantage.

Last Time Out

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 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 in program history.

Midweek Contest Postponed

Due to impending weather, Wednesday’s originally scheduled Bethune-Cookman versus Florida Atlantic baseball game has been postponed until March 7 at 4 p.m. Rainfall hit the Volusia County area late Tuesday evening and stretched well into the late night hours of Wednesday, leading into Thursday morning.

MEAC Players of the Week for BCU

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.

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.

Notes from the Eagles

  • After securing four wins already this season, FGCU head coach Dave Tollett currently stands six wins shy of hitting the 500-win milestone. Tollett has recorded 30 or more wins in 11 of his 14 seasons, including a program record 41 wins in 2006.
  • Freshman infielderRichie Garciabecame the first freshman in program history to be named the ASUN Player of the Week earlier this week.
  • Not only does FGCU have 13 more RBI than any other team in the conference to this point in the season with 41, but six Eagles currently rank in the top-nine of the category thru five games.

Up Next for B-CU

Bethune-Cookman returns home to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark to face cross-county opponent Stetson on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.

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