CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (15-17) traveled to South Florida for the first of their two trips to Coral Gables this season and exited Wednesday night’s contest with a 5-3 victory over perennial power the University of Miami (20-12).Junior right hander Montana Durapau had another strong outing on the hill yielding just 2 earned runs and striking out 7 in seven innings of work for BCU.
Jordan Dailey entered the contest in the 8th and held the Hurricanes scoreless through the final 2 frames earning him his 5th save of the season.
BCU never trailed in the contest and plated all five of its runs in the middle innings: two each in the fourth and fifth and another in the sixth.
Eric Sams’ RBI single in the fourth brought home the Wildcats first two runs of the contest.
Shaun McCarty added an RBI in the 5th on a sharply hit double deep into the right field corner. McCarty scored on a Brandon Turner fielder’s choice later in the inning and pushed the BCU lead to 4-0
Miami responded with an Alex Hernandez RBI single through the left side to put the Hurricanes on the board, narrowing the lead to 4-1.
Freshman catcher Chris Biocic’s RBI single in the sixth capped the Wildcats’ scoring at 5.
Michael Broad launched a monster two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wildcat lead to 5-3, but the Canes could get no closer.
BCU’s 5-3 victory adds Miami to an impressive list of out of conference foes Jason Beverlins’ squad has defeated this season. Arizona State, Miami, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Florida International, South Florida and Jacksonville University have all suffered defeat at the hands of the Wildcats in 2013.
The Cats return to MEAC play and will travel to Tallahassee on Friday for a three game weekend series against Florida A&M.