Tyler Norris Throws A No-Hitter For Bethune Cookmen Wildcats


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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Bethune-Cookman junior pitcher Tyler Norris registered his first career no-hitter on Saturday as Bethune-Cookman swept a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) doubleheader from Savannah State at Tiger Field. BCU claimed the opening game, 8-4, before returning for a 1-0 decision amidst the Norris no-hitter in the nightcap.

Bethune-Cookman scored six runs in the third inning on Saturday, helping the visiting Wildcats race out to an 8-4 victory over Savannah State in the opening game of an MEAC doubleheader at Tiger Field in Savannah, Georgia.

Sophomore centerfielder Josten Heron picked up the first of his game-high three hits to kick start the third inning scoring for Bethune-Cookman (20-13, 7-3 MEAC). That was immediately followed by Kyle Corbin being hit by a pitch, as well as a walk drawn by Jameel Edney to load the bases with nobody out for the Wildcats.

MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and sophomore designated hitter Danny Rodriguez collected an RBI sacrifice fly to deep centerfield that allowed Heron to score the opening run of the day for the Cats. A play later, junior left fielder Adonis Lao laced a RBI single to left center that crossed Corbin, followed by an RBI single to left from classmate Jordan Stacy to bring around Edney for the 3-0 BCU lead.

On the ensuing play, first baseman Chase DeBonis would reach safely on an error charged to Savannah State right fielder Hector Benitez, allowing three more runs to score in the form of Edney, Lao and Stacy who were all moving with the pitch.

With BCU leading 6-0 heading into the home-half of the inning, Savannah State (9-22, 0-10 MEAC) would score its first run of the afternoon on the strength of a Jalen Atterbury RBI double down the line in left, bringing around Mason Calloway who reached with a walk to begin the Tigers at-bat.

The Tigers would score two more in the fourth, using a near inside-the-park homer from designated hitter Kyle Gerdts – who scored on his own triple with an error charged to the BCU outfield that ultimately crossed him, also allowing Jorge Lopez to score after he reached via error to begin the at-bat.

The Tigers would trim the BCU lead at 6-4 with another run in the fifth inning.

But the Wildcats would get an insurance run in the top of the sixth as Edney plated redshirt junior shortstop Demetrius Sims with a single to left field. The BCU advantage increased itself at 8-4 in the top of the ninth with one last insurance run scored by DeBonis on a balk from SSU relief pitcher Jacob Morrison.

The win went to freshman Anthony Maldonado, moving his record for the year out to 5-1. The right-hander worked the minimum five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, four walks and three strikeouts. The save went to TJ Densmore – his first of the year, as he finished the final four frames on the bump, not allowing a single hit, walking two and fanning a season-high four batters.

The loss went to Savannah State’s Trevor McKenna, dropping his record at 2-3 on the season. McKenna pitched 2.2 innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on four hits, two strikeouts and three walks.

The Maroon and Gold offense was paced by Heron’s 3-for-4 effort at the dish, also scoring once. DeBonis, Edney and Lao each supplied two hits in the game, with Edney and Stacy also adding a run driven in each.

Tyler Norris recorded his first collegiate complete-game no-hitter on Saturday afternoon as Bethune-Cookman Baseball completed a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) doubleheader sweep of Savannah State on the strength of a 1-0 decision at Tiger Field in Savannah, Georgia.

No runs. No hits. No errors.

That’s how the scoreboard looked going from left-to-right for Bethune-Cookman.

Prior to Saturday’s no-hitter performance from Tyler Norris, the feat had not been accomplished since Todd Walker did it against Edward Waters in 1995.

Not to be lost in the performance by Norris was the fact the game was a true pitcher’s duel, reminiscent of the 2013 MEAC title game between the Wildcats and Tigers that saw Montana Durapau (BCU) and Kyle McGowin (SSU) go toe-to-toe for 10 innings until a walk-off in the bottom-half from the Tigers. The loss snapped a string of seven consecutive MEAC Tournament titles for the Wildcats.

Austin Robinson kept Savannah State (9-23, 0-11 MEAC) in the game with a brilliant performance of his own on Saturday.

However, Bethune-Cookman (21-13, 8-3 MEAC) had its first opportunity to score in the top-half of the third inning.

The Wildcats loaded up the bases with two outs, before Robinson eventually got Chase DeBonis to fly out to right and end the side with no runs allowed.

Bethune-Cookman would finally crack Robinson in the top of the seventh for the lone run of the game.

Demetrius Sims singled to center, followed by teammate Kyle Corbin‘s single to left. Sims would come around to score on the ensuing play when Jameel Edney reached on a fielder’s choice that saw the Tigers record the out on Corbin at second. But an error by second baseman Jalen Atterbury allowed Sims to score, as he never stopped running on the play.

With the no-hitter victory, Norris kept his record for the year clean at 4-0. He went all seven innings, walking two batters and picking up five strikeouts as well.

Robinson accepted the loss in a complete-game effort, falling to 0-5 for the year. He allowed just the one run on nine Wildcats hits, two walks and recording a pair of strikeouts.

Danny Rodriguez led the BCU offense with three hits in four plate appearances, while Corbin finished 2-for-4 at the plate in his own right.

The two teams return for the series finale on Sunday back at Tiger Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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