Savannah State Tigers Defeat Bethune-Cookman In Series Finale





Savannah State Sports Information


SAVANNAH, Ga.- Kyle Gerdts had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice to lead Savannah State to their first Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference win of the season, a 8-7 victory over Bethune-Cookman, in a game played at Tiger Field.

The win also snapped the Tigers 15-game losing streak.

Gregory Smith picked up the win on the mound for SSU while Paul Sheffield earned the save.

In his six innings on the mound, Smith gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks while striking out two. Colby Rhea threw for an inning and two-thirds and gave up three hits, three runs and one walk while striking out one. Sheffield did not give up a hit but issued one walk and struck out one in his one and one-third of an inning.

SSU got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning. Jorge Lopez singled to left field and scored on a ground-out by Khayld Cox, for a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats went ahead 3-1 in the top of the fourth when Chase DeBonis hit a two-run triple. DeBonis scored on a fly out by Josten Heron.

In the bottom half of the inning, SSU regained the lead with three runs of their own.

Turner Davis was hit by a pitch, Lopez singled and Gerdts reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Cox hit a single up the middle that brought home Davis and Mason Calloway hit a single to right field that scored Lopez. Bernard Barnes grounded out to the short stop but it allowed Gerdts to cross home plate for the third run and a 4-3 edge.

B-CU tied the game in the fifth as Jameel Edney doubled  and scored out a fly out by Danny Rodriguez.

Savannah State (10-23,1-11 MEAC) went ahead 6-4 in the sixth as Gerdts and Calloway crossed home plate.

Edney hit a RBI single in the top of the seventh to put Cookman back on top but Savannah State added a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning when Gerdts hit a two run single that scored Bryce Luken and Hector Benitez, for a 8-5 lead. Luken was hit by a pitch and Benitez hit a double down the left field line, to reach base.

Kyle Corbin hit a two-run single for Bethune-Cookman in the eighth but the Wildcats could not get any closer.

Lopez had two hits and scored twice for SSU while Cox and Barnes drove in two runs and Calloway had two hits.

Savannah State had 11 hits, one error and left four men on base.

DeBonis had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs for Cookman.Isaak Gutierrez was the losing pitcher.Gutierrez lasted one inning and surrendered one hit, two runs and one walk.

For the game, the Wildcats (21-14,8-4 MEAC) had 11 hits, three errors and stranded nine men on base.

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