NFL scouts watch Wildcats in action
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Bethune-Cookman University held a Pro Day for its top football prospects in front of over 200 fans this past week at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach.
The purpose was to give pro scouts a chance to look at Wildcats who have aspirations of getting into the NFL.
Fourteen B-CU players were on hand, including Ryan Davis, Ryan Lewis, Reggie Sandilands, Nattiel Curry and Jean Fanor along with players from Florida A&M University, Edward Waters College and Livingstone College.
Professional scouts came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Canadian Football League Hamilton Tiger Cats were all in attendance.
All-American defensive end Davis was the headliner. He is the Wildcat most likely to be drafted.
Linebackers Sandilands and Lewis along with offensive lineman Curry are also on the scouts’ radar.
Defensive backs Fanor and Mike Williams used the opportunity to give the scouts another look at themselves.
The NFL Draft will take place April 26-28.
Softball: Wildcats sweep Eagles
What do you do when you have an eight-game win streak snapped? You go and start another.
That’s exactly what Bethune-Cookman (17-21, 3-0) did following an 8-0 loss to Jacksonville University on March 29.
The Wildcats kicked off Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play by sweeping North Carolina Central University (3-31, 0-3).
On Sunday, B-CU swept a double-header beating NCCU 6-3 and 8-0.
Amari Foster was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a grand slam for the Wildcats in the first game.
In the second game, Michelle Banuelos Smith went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead B-CU.
“I wanted to be aggressive. I figured the pitch was going to be down the middle,” responded Foster.
Shanel Tolbert pitched a complete game shutout in five innings. Aurelia Gamch was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Karina Romero went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
“I had bad pitch selection in the first game, but in the second game I saw the ball a lot better,” said Gamch.
On Saturday, B-CU opened the series winning 10-2 in five innings in dominating fashion.
Calesha Shelly went 4-for-4 with three runs scored while Kelsey Rodney and Shamaria Engram each hit homeruns while going 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Banuelos-Smith was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Tolbert pitched a two-hit shutout for the Wildcats.
B-CU has won 12 straight home games and 18 straight MEAC games dating back to last season.
The Ladies travel to Orangeburg, S.C. to face South Carolina State University (11-16, 0-0) on April 6 and 7 in another MEAC South Division series.
Weather shortens track meet
Bethune-Cookman University competed in the Best Western University of North Florida Invitational last week but the event was shortened due to thunderstorms.
Many of the sprinting event finals were cancelled due to the weather.
The Wildcats’ top performance came from freshman Desiree Richardson (13.24 m/43’5.25”) who finished fifth in the shot-put.
“She had big PR in that event. She is ready to compete for points and a MEAC title,” said Donald Cooper, B-CU head track and field coach.
B-CU track and field program will compete in the 73rd annual Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville April 6 and 7.
The Wildcats will host the Bethune-Cookman Beach Invitational on April 14 starting at 10 a.m. at Seabreeze High School. Admission is $5 for the public and $1 for students with B-CU student ID.
Baseball: Wildcats face big games
The Wildcats baseball team lost to Florida International 6-2 but rebounded by beating the University of North Florida 5-2 last week.
They were to face UNF (11-25) again on Tuesday and No. 14 University of Central Florida (23-6) on Wednesday.
B-CU (15-12, 6-2) is set to host Savannah State University (11-17, 4-4) at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in downtown Daytona April 6-7 in another Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division matchup.