Crucial Errors Costly in 11th-Inning Finale Loss at CofC
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (20-26) grinded out another extra innings contest for the third consecutive time in the series finale at College of Charleston (31-13) on Sunday, falling to the Cougars in the 11th, 3-2, after rallying to take the lead in the eighth at Patriots Point.
“We made two mistakes defensively that cost us two runs,” Head Coach Jason Beverlin said. “We made one in the first inning and one in the eighth inning, but our defense in between was really good. The little things that we did wrong today cost us the game.”
The Cougars got on the board early after an outfield error poised CofC designated hitter Ben Boykin at third, giving CofC the 1-0 first inning lead on a Carl Wise bloop single.
The Cougars held the Wildcats without a hit until the fifth inning and maintained the one-run shutout until the eighth frame. Third baseman Jordan Robinson beat out a one-out bunt to reach base in the top of the inning and center fielder Jake Welch made it count, sending a 1-2 pitch from CofC starter Tyler Thornton over the left field monster for a two-run homer and the 2-1 B-CU advantage.
CofC responded in the bottom half, capitalizing on an infield error to put runners at the corners. First baseman Nick Pappas followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field, tying the score at 2-2.
In the 11th, a one-out double for Pappas gave CofC excellent scoring position, and the Cougars converted, claiming the 3-2 walk-off win on Brandon Glazer’s line drive single into left field.
Sunday’s finale marks three consecutive extra-innings contests for the Wildcats. B-CU is on a four-game losing streak, however, five of the last six games have been decided by a single run.
For the Wildcats, Michael Austin (0-4) takes the loss, throwing one and two-thirds innings. Starter Gabriel Hernandez went seven innings with five strikeouts and one unearned run before yielding to Scott Garner, who was making his first appearance in 32 days and pitched two innings with an unearned run. For the Cougars, reliever Eric Bauer (4-0) collects the win, throwing two and two-thirds innings.
The Wildcats have a midweek non-conference tilt with Florida Atlantic scheduled for Wednesday (Apr. 30) in Boca Raton, Fla., before closing out the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) slate on the road next weekend at Savannah State.
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