Wildcats Fall In MEAC Title Game To FAMU

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SALISBURY, Md. – Bethune-Cookman’s Rakeem Quinn tallied three hits and Brandon Amendolare recorded a home run on Saturday, but it was Florida A&M defeating the Wildcats, 8-2 in the title game of the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Championship at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Bethune Cookman WildcatsBethune-Cookman (19-40) crashed the MEAC Championship party on Saturday, defeating the MEAC’s top seed from the Northern Division in the form of Norfolk State a day prior. However, coming out of the elimination bracket into the title series, the Wildcats needed to defeat Florida A&M twice in order to claim the school’s ninth league crown in a decade.

B-CU fourth-year head coach Jason Beverlin sent right-hander Michael Austin to the hill in his fourth start of the campaign.

Austin, a junior from Sykesville, Maryland, was shaken early-on as FAMU (23-23) plated two runs in the bottom of the opening frame.

Jared Walker took a base on balls and AJ Elkins doubled to left, forcing pressure on the Wildcats with no outs. Left fielder Marlon Gibbs delivered a run-scoring single to left that crossed Walker for the first run of the game. Elkins would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Kennedy.

Although Austin settled in nicely for the Wildcats after a rocky start, the Rattlers surged out to an insurmountable advantage with six runs in the fifth inning.

B-CU used relievers Sidney Duprey and All-MEAC performer Clint Clymer in order to stop the scoring as FAMU led 8-0 with five innings away.

The Cats got a run back in the top of the sixth when junior All-MEAC right fielder Nathan Bond doubled and later scored off a single to left from first baseman Austin Garcia.

Sophomore second baseman Brandon Amendolare registered his first home run of the season in the seventh with a solo shot to left, cutting into the FAMU lead at 8-2.

FAMU relief pitcher Alex Carrasco allowed just a single hit over the final 2.2 frames, allowing the Rattlers their first MEAC Tournament title in more than a decade.

Austin accepted the loss, falling to 3-4 on the year. He worked 4.1 innings, responsible for five runs on seven hits and collecting three strikeouts with three walks. Relievers Ivan Coutinho, Danny Melgarejo and Donté Lindsay each logged an inning a piece, spreading out a hit and picking up three combined strikeouts to end the game.

The win went to the Rattlers’ Chase Jarrell who improved to 2-4 on the campaign. He tossed 6.1 innings, giving up both Wildcats runs on seven hits and fanning five batters.

The B-CU offense was led by Rakeem Quinn with a 3-for-4 game, as well as Amendolare’s first career homer. Garcia finished 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Named to the all-tournament team for the Wildcats were Quinn, Bond, Keith Zuniga and Alex Seibold.

 

 

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