Wildcats Fall to UCF 4-0 in Season Finale Shutout
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (30-23) worked into position multiple times in Wednesday’s regular season finale at UCF (27-22) but couldn’t come up with the big hit to secure the runs, falling in a 4-0 shutout at Jay Bergman Field.
“I thought we played good defense and made some really good plays,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said. “We just didn’t do the little things offensively. Those are things we’re going to have to do better in the [MEAC] Tournament in order to win.”
Only the fourth shutout of the 2013 campaign, the Wildcats threatened and put pressure on the Knights from the first at-bat, with the first two batters reaching. However, UCF’s pitchers shut the door in each inning, leaving the Wildcats with runners stranded in seven of the nine frames.
The Knights applied some pressure of their own, first threatening in the bottom of the third, logging consecutive singles for UCF’s first base hits of the game, but Eric Sams got a great jump on a line drive to produce the double play.
UCF was the first to break the deadlock of the pitcher’s duel, as Tommy Williams’ RBI double deep to the center field wall allowed enough time for a runner to cross and put the Knights in the scorebook, 1-0.
The Wildcats allowed a single run to score in four consecutive innings, capped off by first baseman James Vasquez’ eighth inning leadoff home run to right field against B-CU closer Jordan Dailey, snapping a streak of 46 appearances since the Orlando senior’s last allowed homer.
The Wildcats left eight runners on base against the Knights, with five in scoring position, as B-CU met challenges in situational hitting and tough UCF defense, keeping them from the killstroke to punch in some runs.
Scott Garner (5-5) took the loss, pitching three frames, allowing one earned run and striking out two Knights batters.
Five Wildcats hitters finished with one hit apiece, only barely falling beneath UCF’s six hits.
Tonight’s contest ended the Wildcats’ 2013 regular season, with B-CU heading to Norfolk, Va. next week to open the MEAC Baseball Championships, which run from May 15-19 at Marty L. Miller field. B-CU’s opponent is yet undetermined, as Friday’s makeup contest between Savannah State at North Carolina A&T will determine the Southern division I seed.
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