GROUNDED: Bethune Cookman Wildcats Walk Off Eagles For Series Win

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman scored six unanswered runs – including four in the bottom of the ninth inning, Saturday afternoon to walk off Boston College in non-conference baseball action and claim an 8-7 come-from-behind series win at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Wildcats took Friday’s opening game with an 8-4 decision.

Trailing 7-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Bethune-Cookman (3-3) pegged back a pair of runs to get within striking distance.

Junior right fielder Over Torres led off the Wildcats at-bat with a triple to right field. The Elizabeth, New Jersey native also registered a triple to begin an eighth-inning BCU attack Friday night in the series opening win.

Brandon Wilkes delivered a one-out double to left in order to plate Torres, followed two batters later by Joseph Fernando’s RBI single through the left side of the infield to plate Wilkes from second.

Boston College led 7-4 entering the ninth inning.

After a shaky start in his relief effort on the mound, freshman pitcher Seth Lovell allowed just one hit over the course of the final three innings in order to limit the Eagles offensive attack that had produced seven runs and 10 hits through the first six frames.

In the home-half of the ninth, Thomas Lane took the mound for Boston College looking to shut the door for the series-tying win.

However, BCU catcher Chase DeBonis drew a five-pitch walk. Redshirt senior left fielder Josten Heron walked in the next at-bat. And it would be a walk drawn by centerfielder Zach Spivey to load the bases with nobody out for the homestanding Wildcats.

That’s when Boston College turned to Sean Hughes in the bullpen, representing the fourth Eagles pitcher of the contest.

Hughes immediately walked Over Torres to allow leadoff man DeBonis to score from third and trim the BCU deficit at 7-5.

Just two pitches later, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) preseason all-league first baseman Danny Rodriguez recorded his first hit of the night with a two-run, game-tying double to center field that scored Heron and Spivey, appropriately.

With the game tied at 7-all and runners on first and second, Boston College again went to the bullpen, this time for closer Michael Marzonie.

It took redshirt senior second baseman Brandon Wilkes just two pitches to walk off the Eagles, picking up a run-scoring double to center field past the run of Eagles centerfielder Dante Baldelli, and driving in Torres for the game winner.

Bethune-Cookman got on the board first in the bottom of the opening frame, as Wilkes picked up one of his game-high three hits on the afternoon, driving a double to left that crossed Josten Heron for the 1-0 Bethune-Cookman advantage.

Boston College later tied the game at 1-1, using Sal Frelick’s double to the gap in right center in order to score leadoff man Chris Galland.

The visiting Eagles used their biggest inning of the weekend in the top of the fourth plating four runs in the frame. The inning was highlighted by shortstop Brian Dempsey’s two-run single that put his team up 5-1 at the time.

The Wildcats would claw back a run in the home-half of the frame with Heron’s RBI single to right that drove in Brady Van Hook. The BCU designated hitter (Van Hook) began the at-bat with a double to right, followed by Joseph Fernando’s double to left center.

With the Eagles already leading 5-2 in the top of the sixth, Dempsey collected his team’s second home run of the series with a towering two-run blast to left, vaulting the Eagles to a 7-2 lead.

Lovell, a rookie from Titusville, Florida, picked up the win on the bump to move his record for the year at 1-0. He worked the last five innings of the contest, allowing just two runs on three hits, a walk and striking out a pair. The loss went to Boston College reliever Lane (0-1) as he gave up three runs on three hits and three walks.

Neither team’s starter factored into the decision.

BCU’s Tyler Krull worked four frames on the bump, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and collecting three strikeouts. Meanwhile, Boston College’s Mason Pelio toed the rubber through four innings of his own, allowing two runs on five hits, walking one and striking out two.

The BCU bats were led by Wilkes’ 3-for-5 effort, adding three RBIs and a run scored. Van Hook was 2-for-4 with a run. Fernando was also 2-for-4 with a RBI to his credit.

The two teams will complete the three-game series Sunday back at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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