Wildcats softball, baseball teams leading MEAC Southern Division


The Wildcats stayed atop the MEAC South Division by sweeping North Carolina A&T in a three-game series in Sanford.

Bethune-Cookman’s Josh Johnson gets a hit with his team watching on from the dugout. Johnson is the team leader in batting average and has contributed to the team’s hot streak.(DUANE FERNANDEZ/HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)
Bethune-Cookman’s Josh Johnson gets a hit with his team watching on from the dugout. Johnson is the team leader in batting average and has contributed to the team’s hot streak.

B-CU continues to play well. For the month of April, the team had a 12-3 record as of Monday.

“The goal from the beginning of the season was to improve every game. I think we are doing that. Our confidence grows with every win and we believe that we will have a chance to win every game we play,” said Jason Beverlin, B-CU’s head baseball coach.

Anthony Stokes went 2-for-5 with three RBIs to lead B-CU past A&T 7-5 in the series finale on Sunday.

Eric Sams was also 3-for-4, Josh Johnson 2-for-3, Allen Levonte 2-for-5 with an RBI. Shaun McCarty had two RBIs while Chris Waltermire got the win in relief and Jordan Dailey the save for B-CU.

The Wildcats (26-19, 15-6) took a double header from the Aggies a day earlier winning by scores of 4-2 and 4-3.

Montana Durapau pitched a complete game to get the win while Johnson was 3-for-5, Matt Noble 3-for-4 with an RBI and Eros Modena 2-for-4 for B-CU in the first game.

Stokes named Player of the Week
In the second game, Clay Middleton’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game winner for B-CU. Stokes was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Dailey got the win for the Wildcats.

On Monday, Stokes was named MEAC Player of the Week. He helped B-CU go 4-1 during the week by going 9-for-20 with seven RBIs. For the month of April, he is hitting .422 with 20 RBIs.

It’s his third conference accolade of the season, including his second as Player of the Week. He also has a Pitcher of the Week honor this season.

South Florida next
The Wildcats also recorded a 4-3 win over Florida International 4-3 and suffered a 6-1 defeat to Miami 6-1 over the past week.

The Wildcats played at Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, which was after the Daytona Times’ deadline. The team travels to South Florida on April 30 and Central Florida on May 1.

B-CU statistical leaders are: Josh Johnson (.335 BA, 12 SB, 58 H, 28 R); Anthony Stokes (.313 BA, 4 HR, 29 RBI); Eros Modena (.309 BA, 2 HR, 29 RBI, 15 SB); Chris Biocic (.284 BA); Matt Noble (.256 BA, 2 HR, 29 RBI); Brandon Turner (16 SB); David Lee (1 HR, 22 RBI); Montana Durupau (7-3, 3.72 ERA); Stokes (2-1, 3.10 ERA); Austin Michael (3.00 ERA); Jordan Dailey (4-0, 1.60 ERA, 9 saves); Chris Waltermire (3-1).

Hiram Burgos
Hiram Burgos

Former Wildcat makes MLB debut
Former Bethune-Cookman pitcher Hiram Burgos made his Major League Baseball (MLB) when he pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on April 20.

Burgos picked up the win, pitch-ed five innings, allowed one hit, one run and struck out a batter.

He spent four years in the Minor Leagues. He was drafted by the Brewers in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Softball suffers defeat, still leads division
Bethune-Cookman held its lead in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division by taking 2-of-3 games from North Carolina A&T this past week.

The Aggies (7-28, 5-7) won the series finale and the second game of a double header 6-1 on Sunday.

B-CU won the first game 2-1 as Shanel Tolbert threw a five hitter to get the win while Aurelia Gamch had an RBI double and Michelle Banuelos-Smith an RBI single.

The game resumed after being postponed a day earlier due to rain with NCA&T leading 1-0 in the first inning.

B-CU (13-31, 7-1) took the first game of the series a day earlier with a 5-1 win. Calesha Shelly went 3-for-3 with an RBI, Gamch 3-for-4, Simone Ceasar 2-for-3 with an RBI, Banuelos-Smith 2-for-3 with an RBI and Sophia Ortega 2-for-2 with an RBI for the ‘Cats. Tolbert also pitched a complete game for the win.

Gamch went 6-for-11 for a .545 average, Sophia Ortega (3-for-6 with two walks and Calesha Shelly 3-for-7, .429 BA in the series.

B-CU’s statistical leaders are: Aurelia Gamch (.329 BA, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 46 R); Michelle Banuelos-Smith (.306 BA, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 11 SB); Simone Ceasar (.281 BA, 11 RBI), Calesha Shelly (.281 BA, 10 RBI, 21 SB); Kelsey Rodney (.258 BA, 2 HR, 19 RBI); Shamaria Engram (2 HR, 14 RBI); Sophia Ortega (2 HR, 8 RBI); Shanel Tolbert (8-23, 3.92 ERA).

The team travels to Savannah State from April 27-28 in a critical three-game series. B-CU leads the Tigers by 1-½ games in the division.

Football: Wildcats hold spring game
Bethune-Cookman held its spring showcase (game) on April 23 at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex in New Smyrna Beach.

Admission was $1 and all proceeds went to New Smyrna Beach’s Pop Warner program.

The game was an unconventional affair, which consisted of four 10-minute quarters. The quarters also had an eight-minute span that focused on seven-on-seven drills and special teams. That span also didn’t consist of field goals or extra points. The offense got the ball at the 20-yard line on each possession.

Broderick Waters completed four out of six passes for 65 yards and a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Green. Waters also ran for 19 yards.

Quentin Williams completed five-for-12 passes for 29 yards and also ran for eight more yards.

Jackie Wilson went five-for-eight passing with 59 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Drexler Dixon ran for 57 yards and had 23 receiving while Preston Cleckley had a 40-yard reception and Justin Henderson had a touchdown reception.

On defense, Jarkevis Fields and Nick Addison stood out with Fields and Nesley Marcellon each having sacks. Linebacker Angel Lolicero had two tackles and Tyrie Simmons recorded an interception.

Track and field: Another good showing
The Wildcats’ track and field program earned 12 top-10 finishes at the University of Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas last week.

La’Qaun Howard (14.86 m) paced the men by finishing third in the triple jump while Tristie Johnson led the ladies with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

On the men’s side, Angelo Cabrera (10.71 m) was fifth in the 100 and Ricy Brown (1:56.73) fifth in the 800.

The relay teams placed fourth in the 4×100.  The men’s team ran a 41.34 while the women’s squad posted a time of 46.31.

“It was a good weekend despite the cooler weather. This event was great exposure for our program and the university,” said Donald Cooper, head track and field coach.

B-CU will compete in the Multi-Cultural games in Miramar on April 29.



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