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Wildcats Push Past UNF, 8-1, Behind Durapau's Complete Game

Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 03/18/2014

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Senior right-hander Montana Durapau went nine full innings for his second complete game of the season and sixth of his career. In addition, Bethune-Cookman’s offense provided outstanding run support to earn another big midweek victory, topping North Florida, 8-1, Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Although the Ospreys (9-10) were first to tack one up on the scoreboard, scoring one run in the top of the third on a Drew Weeks sacrifice fly, the Wildcats (11-10) were quick to respond in a big way.

Trailing by one run in the bottom of the third, second baseman Jordan Thomas got the Wildcats started with a first-pitch leadoff double down the left field line. Although Thomas fell victim to a heads-up rundown play by the pitcher, right fielder Josh Johnson capitalized by reaching second to replace the runner in scoring position. Two batters later, Johnson and catcher Zach Olszewski crossed the plate as a fielding error by UNF third baseman Trent Higginbothem allowed Austin Garcia to reach second.

The Wildcats followed up with another big inning in the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of throwing errors by UNF catcher James Abbatinozzi. Designated hitter Bryant Munoz, who reached base on a first-pitch single over second base, advanced to third on one off-target throw, as the Ospreys tried the pickoff move at first. Munoz came home on the second error, batted in by Thomas on the play. Oslzewski backsided an RBI single into right field to bring Jake Welch home, and first baseman Eric Sams capped off the frame with a sacrifice fly to bring in Thomas and move the Wildcats ahead 5-1.

Dan Vansickle relieved starter Jordan Nolan in the fourth for the Ospreys, and aside from the sac fly, teamed with Tyler DuPont to keep the Wildcats off the board for the next three innings.

However, the Wildcats broke through again in the bottom of the eighth against UNF’s Ryan McMahon, quickly setting the table with Welch reaching as a hit batter and Thomas reaching base on UNF’s fourth error of the night. Shortly, Johnson would load the bases, beating out an infield chopper. Although the Ospreys were able to secure a double play, Welch reached home to extend the B-CU advantage to six.

With two outs away in the frame, Sams added to the total, bringing in Thomas on a slow-developing infield grounder, and Robinson solidified a big-hitting night for B-CU, lining an RBI single to center field, sending Sams home and the Wildcats advantage to 8-1.

Although UNF secured a pair of singles to open the ninth, Durapau (4-0) maintained composure as he passed the century pitch mark, with great support from the Wildcats’ defense, which registered a double play and a groundout to finalize the victory, keeping B-CU perfect in Tuesday games this season.

Durapau allowed just the one earned run while allowing no walks, and striking out three. Nolan (0-1) takes the loss for UNF, pitching 3.1 innings with one earned run and two strikeouts.

"He did a great job tonight, just like he has all year midweek." Head Coach Jason Beverlin said.

With the win, Durapau made his eighth consecutive quality start, dating back to last May, listing him among just 19 pitchers in NCAA Division I who are 5-for-5 in quality starts this season. The senior has made a quality start in 12 of his last 13 outings.

At the plate, Sams and Robinson each went 2-for-4, with Sams logging two RBI and one run. Olszewski was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run. The Wildcats racked up 11 hits in the victory.

"We swung the bats extremely well," Beverlin said. "Some of the best swings we've taken all year, really concentrating on hitting line drives and didn't try to do too much."

The Wildcats return to action with another Duval County foe on Wednesday, as Jacksonville University (5-12) comes to Jackie Robinson Ballpark for a 6 p.m. matchup. With a game cancellation at South Florida, this will be the first game of the week for the Dolphins, who are 2-5 on the road.

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow the official Twitter feeds, @CookmanBaseball or @BCUathletics, or "Like Us" on Facebook at BCUathletics.

To join the conversation on social media, be sure to tag your B-CU-related posts with the official hashtag of the 2014 season, #BuiltToWin, and don't forget about #HailWildcats.

-B-CUathletics.com-

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Senior right-hander Montana Durapau went nine full innings for his second complete game of the season and sixth of his career. In addition, Bethune-Cookman’s offense provided outstanding run support to earn another big midweek victory, topping North Florida, 8-1, Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

 

Although the Ospreys (9-10) were first to tack one up on the scoreboard, scoring one run in the top of the third on a Drew Weeks sacrifice fly, the Wildcats (11-10) were quick to respond in a big way.

 

Trailing by one run in the bottom of the third, second baseman Jordan Thomas got the Wildcats started with a first-pitch leadoff double down the left field line. Although Thomas fell victim to a heads-up rundown play by the pitcher, right fielder Josh Johnson capitalized by reaching second to replace the runner in scoring position. Two batters later, Johnson and catcher Zach Olszewski crossed the plate as a fielding error by UNF third baseman Trent Higginbothem allowed Austin Garcia to reach second.

 

The Wildcats followed up with another big inning in the fourth, capitalizing on a pair of throwing errors by UNF catcher James Abbatinozzi. Designated hitter Bryant Munoz, who reached base on a first-pitch single over second base, advanced to third on one off-target throw, as the Ospreys tried the pickoff move at first. Munoz came home on the second error, batted in by Thomas on the play. Oslzewski backsided an RBI single into right field to bring Jake Welch home, and first baseman Eric Sams capped off the frame with a sacrifice fly to bring in Thomas and move the Wildcats ahead 5-1.

 

Dan Vansickle relieved starter Jordan Nolan in the fourth for the Ospreys, and aside from the sac fly, teamed with Tyler DuPont to keep the Wildcats off the board for the next three innings.

 

However, the Wildcats broke through again in the bottom of the eighth against UNF’s Ryan McMahon, quickly setting the table with Welch reaching as a hit batter and Thomas reaching base on UNF’s fourth error of the night. Shortly, Johnson would load the bases, beating out an infield chopper. Although the Ospreys were able to secure a double play, Welch reached home to extend the B-CU advantage to six.

 

With two outs away in the frame, Sams added to the total, bringing in Thomas on a slow-developing infield grounder, and Robinson solidified a big-hitting night for B-CU, lining an RBI single to center field, sending Sams home and the Wildcats advantage to 8-1.

 

Although UNF secured a pair of singles to open the ninth, Durapau (4-0) maintained composure as he passed the century pitch mark, with great support from the Wildcats’ defense, which registered a double play and a groundout to finalize the victory, keeping B-CU perfect in Tuesday games this season.

 

Durapau allowed just the one earned run while allowing no walks, and striking out three. Nolan (0-1) takes the loss for UNF, pitching 3.1 innings with one earned run and two strikeouts.

 

With the win, Durapau made his eighth consecutive quality start, dating back to last May, listing him among just 19 pitchers in NCAA Division I who are 5-for-5 in quality starts this season. The senior has made a quality start in 12 of his last 13 outings.

 

At the plate, Sams and Robinson each went 2-for-4, with Sams logging two RBI and one run. Olszewski was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run.

 

The Wildcats return to action with another Duval County foe on Wednesday, as Jacksonville University (5-12) comes to Jackie Robinson Ballpark for a 6 p.m. matchup. With a game cancellation at South Florida, this will be the first game of the week for the Dolphins, who are 2-5 on the road.

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow the official Twitter feeds, @CookmanBaseball or @BCUathletics, or "Like Us" on Facebook at BCUathletics.

To join the conversation on social media, be sure to tag your B-CU-related posts with the official hashtag of the 2014 season, #BuiltToWin, and don't forget about #HailWildcats.

-B-CUathletics.com-

 

       
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