Bethune-Cookman Drops Twin Bill at Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Bethune-Cookman (12-13) offense was as cold as the Midwestern weather, as the Wildcats were swept by Kansas State (15-8) to open the series, Friday at Tointon Family Stadium. B-CU was shutout through the first 17 innings of play, dropping games of 12-0 and 9-2.
“They were better in every single aspect of the game,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said. “I’ll take full responsibility for it. I’m going to have to find a way to motivate certain individuals to get the best out of them and turn this around.”
The day began with snow on the ground, but temperatures rose throughout the day. Though Bethune-Cookman matched Kansas State’s effort at the plate early into the series-opening game, the Wildcats hitting never warmed up, and they were held without a hit beyond the second frame.
Meanwhile, K-State jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on the leadoff hitter reaching as a hit batter, sending him home on a sacrifice fly to center field, with additional runs coming from a second sac fly and an RBI to outer left field, pushing KSU ahead 3-0 after the third.
KSU added runs in three consecutive frames to blow the game open with a nine-run scoring effort from the fifth through the seventh, taking a commanding 12-0 lead on the visiting Wildcats, a margin which would hold through the final out.
The bats remained cold for B-CU as the second game opened, while K-State logged a first inning lead on a two-run single up the middle.
The Wildcats settled in defensively and held KSU without an additional score through the fourth, despite four runners on base. However, KSU got rolling again late in the game, scoring in four consecutive innings to build a 9-0 lead.
B-CU finally entered the scorebook in the top of the ninth, capitalizing on the offensive effort of three underclass pinch hitters. Consecutive career-first singles for Michael Austin and Jordan Thomas granted B-CU a run in scoring position, and sophomore Jake Welch sealed the deal with an RBI groundout. Brandon Turner added to the effort with an RBI single to left field, narrowing the final margin to 9-2.
Both B-CU Starters, Montana Durapau (3-2) and Ali Simpson (1-4) took losses on the day.
It was a tough day on both sides of the field, as the Wildcats surrendered 30 hits, while tallying just six of their own.
“We’ve just got to find a way to turn that back around,” Beverlin concluded.
The Wildcats look to bounce back on Saturday, with the game three series finale slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium, weather permitting.
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