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Wildcats Fall Short in North Carolina A&T Finale, 4-3

Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 04/19/2014

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - After battling out a back-and-forth series finale with the North Carolina A&T Aggies (15-24, 8-10 MEAC), the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (20-23, 12-9 MEAC) came up short in their final push, falling 4-3 in the final game of the weekend.

For the first time in the series, the Aggies were the first to score, as Micah Carmony led off the bottom of the third with a single into right field and came home on Dylan Hipp’s lined RBI single through the left side.

After a dustup to close the inning forced the ejections of catcher Jose Carballo and Aggies’ first baseman Cameron Jergens, the Wildcats brought the score back to even with an Austin Garcia sacrifice fly into left field, bringing left fielder Bryant Munoz in after he led off with a single.

The Aggies pushed ahead once again, as Carmony and Kyle Clary put up a pair on John Pope’s two-run double deep to center field. Pope entered as a sub at first base following the ejection of Jergens.

In the top of the following inning Munoz led off with a single to left and Josh Johnson reached on an error in center field. Garcia narrowed the Aggies’ lead with an RBI single through the left side and Jordan Robinson knotted the score at 3-3 on a two-out RBI single to center field.

After Riley O’Brien worked his way out of the bottom of the sixth with no runs from N.C. A&T, the Aggies got the best of him in the seventh as Pope moved into scoring position with a one-out double down the third base line, pushing the Aggies ahead on Brandon Wilkerson’s sacrifice fly to left.

Facing Luke McCreesh, who entered in relief in the seventh, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome the one-run deficit and fell to the Aggies, 4-3, dropping the series, 2-1. McCreesh (1-0) earned the win, pitching three frames with no hits allowed. O’Brien (0-4) takes the loss for the Wildcats, pitching three with one earned run and two strikeouts. Starter Gabriel Hernandez threw six innings with a career-high eight strikeouts.

Garcia led the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, logging two RBI, while Munoz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Statesboro, Ga. to face Georgia Southern at 6 p.m.

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 B-CU Athletics, #HailWildcats.

-B-CUathletics.com-

GREENSBORO, N.C. - After battling out a back-and-forth series finale with the North Carolina A&T Aggies (15-24, 8-10 MEAC), the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (20-23, 12-9 MEAC) came up short in their final push, falling 4-3 in the final game of the weekend.

 

For the first time in the series, the Aggies were the first to score, as Micah Carmony led off the bottom of the third with a single into right field and came home on Dylan Hipp’s lined RBI single through the left side.

 

After a dustup to close the inning forced the ejections of catcher Jose Carballo and Aggies’ first baseman Cameron Jergens, the Wildcats brought the score back to even with an Austin Garcia sacrifice fly into left field, bringing left fielder Bryant Munoz in after he led off with a single.

 

The Aggies pushed ahead once again, as Carmony and Kyle Clary put up a pair on John Pope’s two-run double deep to center field. Pope entered as a sub at first base following the ejection of Jergens.

 

In the top of the following inning Munoz led off with a single to left and Josh Johnson reached on an error in center field. Garcia narrowed the Aggies’ lead with an RBI single through the left side and Jordan Robinson knotted the score at 3-3 on a two-out RBI single to center field.

 

After Riley O’Brien worked his way out of the bottom of the sixth with no runs from N.C. A&T, the Aggies got the best of him in the seventh as Pope moved into scoring position with a one-out double down the third base line, pushing the Aggies ahead on Brandon Wilkerson’s sacrifice fly to left.

 

Facing Luke McCreesh, who entered in relief in the seventh, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome the one-run deficit and fell to the Aggies, 4-3, dropping the series, 2-1. McCreesh (1-0) earned the win, pitching three frames with no hits allowed. O’Brien (0-4) takes the loss for the Wildcats, pitching three with one earned run and two strikeouts. Starter Gabriel Hernandez threw six innings with a career-high eight strikeouts.

 

Garcia led the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, logging two RBI, while Munoz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

 

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Statesboro, Ga. to face Georgia Southern at 6 p.m.

 

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 B-CU Athletics, #HailWildcats.

-B-CUathletics.com-

       
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