Jordan Pinto’s Arm Pushes Bethune Cookman Cats To Series Split Over Ohio State


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Box Score DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brandon Wilkes hit a pair of RBI singles and pitcher Jordan Pinto went a career-best six innings as Bethune-Cookman topped Ohio State, 8-3, Monday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. BCU moved to 5-6 while Ohio State dropped to 7-5 as the squads split the four-game set.
Pinto’s (2-1) six innings finished with two earned runs, eight hits, a pair of walks, and two strikeouts.

The Wildcats erupted for six runs in the second despite only one being earned. It began with the bases loaded and one out. Zach Spivey singled to third and Over Torres became the first run on the board. Later with two outs, Nate Sterijevksi reached on an error by the Buckeye third baseman and Robert Bell sprinted in from third. Then, Danny Rodriguez lifted a fly high to center for a double that scored all three runners on base. Finally, Brandon Wilkes singled to right and Rodriguez scored the sixth run of the frame.

Ohio State bounced back with a couple of runs of Pinto in the third with an RBI double and infield groundout.

BCU answered, though, as Josten Heron grounded out to second to score Joe Fernando.

Both bats them kept quiet until the fifth when Dominic Canzone’s RBI single cut the lead to 7-3.

Buckeye hurler Jake Vance (1-1) was pulled after the fifth inning as he worked five innings with seven runs, two earned, four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.

His counterpart, Pinto, pitched until the seventh when Alec Mendez was called upon from the bullpen. Facing a bases-loaded jam with only one out, Mendez induced a 4-6-3 twin-killer to keep the Buckeyes at bay and end the frame.

The ‘Cats added insurance in the seventh with a leadoff two-bagger by Sterijevksi and another RBI single off the bat of Wilkes. The Volusia County native then took the mound for the following two innings and gave up only one hit while picking up a strikeout to seal the series split.

The Wildcats continue their 23-game home stretch with a non-conference game against Jacksonville University on Wednesday, Mar. 6.

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