Wildcats Drop Low-Hitting Affair at No. 6 Washington, 4-0
SEATTLE - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (22-29) scrapped out a three-hitter at sixth-ranked Washington (34-11-1) on Friday night at Husky Ballpark, falling in a 4-0 shutout despite holding the typically heavy-hitting Huskies.
Starter Montana Durapau (9-1) took his first loss of the year while pitching a seven-inning one-hit gem; exiting the contest after reaching his pitch count. The Huskies picked up an early unearned run off Durapau, as center fielder Braden Bishop scored in the first on Robert Pehl’s RBI groundout, after reaching on an error. UW added another in the fifth after Austin Rei evaded the tag on a rundown and crossed the plate on Bishop’s sacrifice bunt.
Facing reliever Christopher Waltermire, the Huskies added two more in the eighth, with Andrew Ely scoring on an outfield throwing error, and Kyle London coming home on Chris Baker’s full count RBI walk.
The Wildcats held the Huskies to just three runs in the game. With UW batting .294 on the year, only ninth-ranked Oregon has held the Huskies to fewer hits this season.
On offense, the Wildcats were limited by starter Jared Fisher (5-3), who pitched five innings for the win, recording only three hits in the non-conference contest. Of B-CU’s six runner’s left on base, three were stranded in scoring position.
The three-game series continues on Saturday with a doubleheader at Husky Ballpark, beginning at 1 p.m. PT. At the conclusion of the series, the Wildcats will travel directly to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championships, which begin Wednesday (May 14) in Norfolk, Va.
The Wildcats control a share of the MEAC Southern Division title, which was narrowed to a two-team race on Friday with Savannah State topping North Carolina Central, 6-4, in the completion of a suspended game. Another incomplete game will be concluded on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., and will determine the final standings, as an NCCU win over Florida A&M would grant the Wildcats the outright title; the reversal would leave B-CU sharing the division lead with FAMU.
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