B-CU baseball standouts snag MEAC honors of the week

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Bethune-Cookman has swept the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball weekly awards, it announced Monday, May 2, from the league’s office in Norfolk, Virginia. Michael Cruz was tabbed Co-Player of the Week; Tyler Krull was Pitcher of the Week; and Josten Heron was Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Michael Cruz, Tyler Krull and Josten Heron were MEAC’s top players of the week.(COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)

Michael Cruz, Tyler Krull and Josten Heron were MEAC’s top players of the week.
(COURTESY OF B-CU ATHLETICS)

For Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC awards weekly sweep is the first of its kind on the 2016 campaign as B-CU defeated non-conference opponent Stetson and swept MEAC foe North Carolina A&T – all on the road.

Three home runs
Michael Cruz, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, batted .438 last week in four wins for the Wildcats. He went 7-for-16 on the week, with three home runs, seven runs scored, five RBIs and two walks, against Stetson and North Carolina A&T State.

He went 3-for-5, with two solo home runs and four runs scored to help the Wildcats complete a three-game sweep of N.C. A&T State. Cruz spent time as a catcher and at the designated hitter spot in the Wildcats lineup under head coach Jason Beverlin.

Freshman shines
Josten Heron, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound freshman from Miami, patrolled center field for the Wildcats last week. The Miami Southridge High product batted .400 in four wins for the Maroon and Gold, going 8-for-15 at the plate overall. In helping the Wildcats to a perfect 4-0 mark, he was instrumental in the league series sweep of North Carolina A&T.

Heron produced four RBIs in the series finale against the Aggies, as well as four against non-conference foe Stetson in a 6-2 win over the fellow Volusia County opponent Hatters.

Winning rookie
Tyler Krull, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman pitcher from West Palm Beach was key for the Wildcats in a 6-0 decision in the second game of a doubleheader at North Carolina A&T over the weekend.

The rookie tossed a one-hit, complete game shutout against the Aggies, improving to 2-1 on the year in three consecutive starts in the B-CU weekend rotation. He fanned seven and did not allow a walk in the victory.

This story is courtesy of B-CU Athletics.

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