No. 21 FIU Silences Wildcat Bats in Midweek Shutout, 6-0
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The No. 21 FIU Panthers (12-1) brought Bethune-Cookman’s (7-5) recent hitting success to a close on Wednesday evening, registering a two-hit shutout in defeating the Wildcats, 6-0, at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, snapping a B-CU five-game win streak.
“I just don’t think everybody was ready to play today, which was really disappointing,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said.
The Panthers got on the board early, capitalizing on a B-CU infield error with a Gunnar McNeil RBI single through the left side to take the 1-0 lead in the second inning. FIU added three runs in the third, and also single runs in the fifth and seventh.
In the bottom of the second, it appeared the Wildcats could find some success against FIU starter Chris Mourelle, stringing together a pair of singles by Jordan Robinson and Matt Noble. However, the Wildcats fell short on reaching base after the close of that frame.
Mourelle (3-0) retired 23 consecutive Wildcats en route to the complete game 6-0 victory, striking out four Wildcats. Although the Wildcats barreled up several hard ground balls, FIU Edwin Rios scooped up eight assists on the night.
B-CU starter John Sever (1-1) takes the loss, allowing eight hits and two earned runs, while striking out four FIU batters.
Ranking 26th in the NCAA in fielding percentage (.980) entering Wednesday night’s contest, the Wildcats struggled with errors, committing three on the night, each coming during an FIU scoring frame.
“We’ve just got to do a better job of defensively and make some plays, and that really changes the complexion of the game,” Beverlin said.
The Wildcats return to action this weekend at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, facing Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foe North Carolina Central in a three-game series, March 8-9. The Eagles (3-8-1, 1-2 MEAC) defeated Longwood, 16-11, on Wednesday night in Durham.