Wildcats Capitalize on JU Miscues in 6-2 Midweek Win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (12-10) kept continual pressure on Jacksonville (5-13) in the early innings of Wednesday night’s non-conference tilt, capitalizing on the Dolphins' mistakes to build a lead in the 6-2 win.
"We did a good job of getting some bunts down and hitting some balls hard," Head Coach Jason Beverlin said. "With the lineup we have in there now, we definitely put pressure on the defense with our team speed."
Freshman third baseman Austin Garcia gave the Wildcats their first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the second, reaching base on balls as the leadoff batter and shortstop Jordan Robinson took the next pitch through the left side. Left fielder Eros Modena followed with a single up the middle to bat in Garcia and give the Wildcats the early advantage. Robinson scored the Wildcats’ second run of the frame, rounding third for home on an error by JU catcher Braddock Rowe.
The Wildcats went back to work in the third, opening with catcher Zach Olszewski scoring on Robinson’s double down the left field line. Eric Sams and Robinson both came home on an error by JU second baseman Jordan Mullis, allowing designated hitter Bryant Munoz to take first. Center fielder Jake Welch bunted for a base hit to cap off the scoring, opening the door for Munoz to score on the second error of the inning, pushing the Wildcats on top, 6-0.
The Dolphins added a pair in the top of the fourth on a Scott Schaub single and a fielder’s choice for Rowe, narrowing the Wildcats’ lead to four runs. However, B-CU starter John Sever combined with relief efforts from Christopher Waltermire, Scott Garner and Michael Austin to keep JU scoreless through the final five frames.
Sever (2-1) earned the victory, throwing five complete innings, striking out four batters. For the Dolphins, first reliever Will Flor (0-2) took the loss, surrendering all six runs, two earned, in 1.2 innings on the mound.
Olszewski and Robinson led the Wildcats at the plate on the night, with Olszewski batting 2-for-3 with one run, and Robinson 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
"The last couple of games, both of them have been swinging a hot bat," Beverlin said. "It's been big; someone's got to step up every night and they did a good job of carrying the offense tonight."
The Wildcats return to action on Friday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, opening a three-game series with Central Connecticut state (2-4). The Blue Devils have spent the past week in Florida taking in games, falling 6-1 to Connecticut in 10 innings on Wednesday night in Winter Haven.