FROM WIRE REPORTS
The opening day of fall ball proved to be a freshman showcase as Bethune-Cookman split a doubleheader with Embry-Riddle Sunday.
Sabrina Anguiano threw four innings of shutout relief while Jessica Valenzuela’s two-run triple in the eighth broke open a 1-1 tie as the Wildcats posted a 5-1 victory.
In game two, Destinee Williams scored on a Kaitlin Alamprese triple and Bailey Connor threw four shutout innings before Embry-Riddle scored runs in the final two innings for a 2-1 victory.
“I was happy with both Sabrina’s and Bailey’s performance,” said B-CU Coach Chris Cochran. “Some of the other freshmen got RBIs and it was good to see that.”
Anquiano retired her first five batters and didn’t allow a runner past second base.
“It was nerve-racking at first,” said Anguiano. “But once I got the hang of it and knew I had a strong defense behind, I was having fun.”
Doubles and triple
Calesha Shelley tied it with a two-out triple in the seventh. After Valenzuela’s go-ahead hit, Sophia Ortega and Shamaria Engram added RBI singles.
Anguiano worked the first inning of the second game, then Connor took over in the second. Ortega had a pair of doubles, while Kelsey Rodney had a triple in the first game.
Shanel Tolbert started the opener, giving up one run in four innings.
“We did some good things and some not so good things,” Cochran said. “Bunting has to get better, for one thing. But we had players step up and make plays that I was pleased with.”
B-CU returns to action Oct. 23 at Daytona State.
This story is from B-CU’s Athletics Department.