Wildcats Cap CCSU Series with a Shutout Victory, 4-0
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (13-12) wrapped up the Central Connecticut State (4-5) series on a high note Sunday, earning the first shutout victory of the season with 13 hits behind yet another strong outing by starter Montana Durapau at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
“It all started on the mound,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said. “Montana came out and set the tone and shut them down early. The middle and bottom of our line up did a good job of piecing together some hits and scoring us some runs.”
Slow but steady, the Wildcats went to work early, putting up their first run in the bottom of the second inning, as center fielder Jake Welch powered a single up the middle to bring Bryant Munoz home.
In the bottom of the fifth, Josh Johnson got the Wildcats started with a leadoff single to shallow left field. The junior right fielder stole second and advanced to third on a pickoff error by CCSU catcher Connor Fitzsimons. Johnson came home on a wild pitch from starter Nick Neumann. After consecutive singles from Eric Sams and Matt Noble, left fielder Eros Modena lined an RBI single just beyond the shortstop’s reach into left field, sending Sams to the plate and the B-CU advantage to 3-0.
In the seventh, Noble logged a one-out double down the third base line and Jordan Robinson took a first-pitch RBI single through the left side to bring Noble in and cap the B-CU scoring with a 4-0 lead.
Durapau (5-0) collected another win, this time on an eight inning four-hitter, striking out six CCSU batters. John Sever took over pitching duties in the ninth, holding the line and securing the shutout with a 1-6-3 double play to close out the game.
“He’s just locked in every time he pitches,” Beverlin said of Durapau. “I’ll put him up against anybody with the mindset he has right now going into games.”
For the Blue Devils, starter Neumann (0-1) takes the loss, throwing six innings and allowing three runs, while striking out seven Wildcats.
At the plate, Sams and Modena each batted 3-for-4 on the day, with an RBI for Modena and a run scored for Sams.
The Wildcats will not be in action on Tuesday, but return to the diamond on Wednesday (March 26) with a return-game road trip to UCF in Orlando. The Wildcats topped the Knights, 5-2, on March 4 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The Knights (13-12) completed a three-game conference sweep of Cincinnati on Sunday with a 5-1 win in Orlando.