Donte Lindsay’s One-Hitter Highlights Bethune Cookman Win





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Donte Lindsay used a one-hit performance on the mound 


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Senior pitcher Donté Lindsay gave up just one hit in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, as Bethune-Cookman completed a series sweep of North Carolina Central, 13-1 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) baseball action inside Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Lindsay, a native of Cleveland, went six innings without surrendering a hit in the game. After allowing the Eagles’ only hit in the top of the seventh inning – just passed a diving Demetrius Sims at short, Lindsay would induce a ground ball double play and a fly out to complete the one-hit winning performance.

Despite winds topping at 26 miles per hour blowing in on the batters all afternoon, Bethune-Cookman (14-6, 4-2 MEAC) was relentless on offense.

The Wildcats opened the scoring with four runs in the home-half of the second inning.

With senior designated hitter Austin Garcia singling to start the BCU at-bat in the second, redshirt junior Sims plated the LaBelle, Florida native with a single to center field. Sims would later score himself off the end of a Josten Heron single to short. The lead quickly swelled to 4-0 in favor of the Maroon and Gold as junior Adonis Lao produced a two-run double to left that scored Heron and Kyle Corbin on the play.

The scoring would continue for the Wildcats with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.

With Corbin singling and stealing second, followed by Heron’s single and a double steal to put both runners into scoring position, it was Lao picking up two more RBIs with a single shot back up the middle with the NCCU defense playing in.

The Cats pushed the lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs coming across.

Second baseman Trent Nash registered a single through the right side with the bases loaded, scoring teammates Garcia and Jordan Stacy, respectfully.

North Carolina Central (9-11, 2-4 MEAC) scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth.

After Mitch McCrary reached on a walk from Lindsay and stole second on the next pitch, he would make his way around to third on a troubled throw, as catcher Stacy tried to cut down McCrary swiping second. Conrad Kovalcik would walk on the next play, followed by a ground ball double play turned by the Cats off the bat of Evan Holland. That allowed McCrary to score standing up and cut the Wildcats lead at 8-1.

But in the bottom of the inning, BCU would plate five and send 11 batters to the plate to put the run-rule into effect heading into the seventh frame.

Lao began the inning with a single off Eagles reliever Jake McCort, followed by a single from third baseman Jameel Edney. Two batters later, Garcia turned in a two-run double to left center, crossing Danny Rodriguez and Edney to advance the BCU lead at 10-1.

NCCU then went with relief pitcher Ryan Decker, only to have him greeted rudely with a Stacy RBI single to third that scored Garcia for the 11-1 lead. That’s when Nash drove in another two runs with a single to right field, allowing teammates Sims and Stacy to score on the play.

The win went to Lindsay, earning his first win of the year and moving to 1-2 for the season. He went the complete seven innings, allowing just the one run (unearned) on one hit, four walks and amassing six strikeouts.

The loss went to NCCU starter Jonathan Figueroa, dropping him to 1-2 on the season. He tossed four frames, allowing six runs on eight hits, a walk and picking up four strikeouts. In all, five NCCU pitchers saw action on the day.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, March 21, when BCU plays host to UCF at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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