May 16, 2008
Around the Bases
Around the Tournaments - MEAC
Top-seeded Bethune-Cookman opens
with MEAC win
By Chuck Curti,
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
NORFOLK, Va. -- Top seed Bethune-Cookman didn’t
waste any time showing it’s more than ready to defend its MEAC
Osvaldo Torres hit a bases-clearing triple in the
first inning, and that was more than enough for starting pitcher
Hiram Burgos and reliever Joseph Munoz. The Wildcats cruised
past Maryland-Eastern Shore, 13-1, in the opener of the 2008
MEAC Tournament Thursday at Norfolk State University’s Marty L.
“It’s always good,” said B-C coach Mervyl
Melendez about getting that first win. “You have to treat every
game important. We took care of business.”
UMES, already a long shot as the No. 6 seed,
opened the game without the services of starters Phil Vaughn and
Jorge Pichardo. Both players were barred from starting for
disciplinary reasons. Vaughn came on in the fourth inning, while
Pichardo spent the entire game on the bench.
By the time Vaughn entered the game, the damage
had been done. Jose Ortiz led off the Wildcats’ half of the
first with a double, Justin Hoyte walked and MEAC Player of the
Year Jose Lozada singled to load the bases. Torres followed with
a sinking liner to center field that got past a diving Tyler
Love and rolled to the warning track.
By the time the ball returned to the infield,
three runs were across the plate, and Torres was standing on
Torres drove in four runs total, and Lozada drove
in a pair in the four-run seventh that triggered the 12-run
mercy rule. Lozada had three RBI total.
“You’re counting on those guys,” said Melendez.
“Some times you have unsung heroes, but those are the guys who
have done it all year.”
UMES got its only run of the game in the fifth
when Vaughn scored on an error on Mark Brooks, who overthrew
first base while trying to turn a double play.
The win gave Bethune-Cookman a bye into
Saturday’s action, while UMES will take on the Norfolk
State-North Carolina A&T loser Friday at 10 a.m.