Six-Run First, Bethune Cookman Anthony Maldonado Lead To Friday Win

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 7-1 series-opening victory against Florida A&M Friday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Anthony Maldonado (2-0) was impressive again with five innings, nine strikeouts, and no earned runs allowed.

The Wildcats (6-7) sent 10 men to the plate in the first inning after Maldonado left the bases loaded with a strikeout. Zach Spiveywalked, Chase DeBonis was hit-by-pitch, and then Nate Sterijevksi and Danny Rodriguezdelivered back-to-back singles, with Sterijevski’s plating Spivey. Brandon Wilkes sent a sac fly to center for a 2-0 lead, and Joe Fernando added another score with an RBI base hit. Josten Heron singled past third to bring home Rodriguez, and as he advanced to second a FAMU throwing error by catcher Brent Maxwell allowed Fernando to score. The inning’s final run also came off a FAMU miscue when second baseman Octavian Moyer misplayed a pop-up from Clarence Carter and Heron’s run made it 6-0.

From there, FAMU (5-12) starter Kyle Coleman (1-2) settled in and retired the next 10 batters.

Meanwhile, Maldonado kept adding to his strikeout total and nearly got away unscathed with a shutout. A leadoff double from Jared Weber to start the fourth seemed to be erased after a Brad Hession punchout and a Maxwell flyout. Kaycee Reese sent a shallow fly to centerfield, but Fernando had it pop out of his grasp and Weber scored unearned.

Jordan Pinto entered to pitch the sixth and allowed only two hits over three innings with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Bryan Melendez made quick work of the ninth wit ha three-up, three-down to secure the win.

BCU added insurance in the seventh off Coleman. DeBonis walked to leadoff the inning, and two groundouts later, scored on a Wilkes RBI single.

Coleman finished with 6.2 innings, six hits, seven runs, five earned with three walks and six walks in the loss. Tommy Ben threw the final 1.1 for FAMU.

BCU continues its 23-game home stretch and the second of three in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play against FAMU Saturday, Mar. 9.

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