Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bethune-Cookman Continue MEAC Run With NSU Win

SALISBURY, Maryland -- Bethune-Cookman posted its second 10-run victory of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Friday with a 14-4 victory over Norfolk State at Perdue Stadium.

Danny Rodriguez went 3-5, homered and scored three runs while Alex Seibold threw 5 2/3 innings of shutoff relief as the Wildcats (27-25) advanced to meet Florida A&M Sunday at noon. Games will not be played Saturday due to expected inclement weather in the area.

Jameel Edney also homered for the Wildcats, who opened tournament play with a 10-0 victory over Coppin State Thursday.

“The energy we’ve played with the last two days has been electric,” said B-CU coach Jason Beverlin. “We’re playing with such a sense of purpose and passion for the game. When we play like we are now, we’re an extremely dangerous team.”

Down 2-0, the Wildcats scored four in the second to take the lead.

Rodriguez scored on an error after Edney singled, then Josten Heron had an RBI single and Nate Sterijevski and Rakeem Quinn produced RBIs on fielder’s choices.

After Rodriguez’ solo shot – the ninth of the season for the MEAC Rookie Of The Year -- in the third made it a 5-2 game, Norfolk State (27-20) chased started Tyler Krull with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Seibold (5-4) eliminated the Spartan threat with a double play and would then proceed to all but shut down the Spartans the rest of the way.

Seibold didn’t give up a hit until the eighth as he picked up his fourth consecutive win in a relief appearance.

Edney homered to lead off the fourth, but the Wildcats wouldn’t pull away until scoring three in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Edney and Heron each had two hits and two runs for the Wildcats, while Nathan Bond went 2-4 and Demetrius Sims and Sterijevski each scored twice. Quinn stole two bases.



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