Daytona Beach – A quick glance at the MEAC’s Southern division standings reflects Bethune-Cookman in a familiar position atop the table. However, a closer look at the standings reveals a more telling story. Two games in the loss column is all that separates first place BCU from 4th place North Carolina A&T. Savannah State is a game better than the Wildcats in the conference loss column (but the Tigers have a lower winning percentage against conference foes) and North Carolina Central is just a single game behind the Cats.
Jason Beverlin’s squad will look to cushion their lead and maintain their stranglehold on the conference when they take on North Carolina Central in a three-game set beginning today at 1:00 PM at Historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Daytona Beach’s City Island.
BCU (20-17, 10-5 MEAC) has won a season high six consecutive games with five of those victories occurring on the road. Anthony Stokes has paced the Wildcats offensively over the winning streak logging three home runs and 11 RBIs during the run.
The Wildcats defeated Jacksonville University 5-3 in their last outing (on Tuesday, April 9th). David Lee recorded three RBIs in the win for the Cats.
NCCU (21-15, 9-6 MEAC), who enters the weekend just a game behind the Wildcats in the MEAC’s Southern Division, are 1-2 against BCU this season and 2-6 against the Wildcats since re-joining the MEAC. NCCU dropped 2 of 3 games against rival NCA&T last weekend.
The pitching matchups are slated as follows:
Game One: NCCU’s Junior righty Terry McNabb vs. B-CU righty Scott Garner (3-4, 5.33 ERA) Garner is coming off a complete game, 4-1 victory over Florida A&M in his last outing.
Game Two (doubleheader 7 inning contest): righty Glenn Frye (3-3) against BCU lefty Ali Simpson (3-4, 5.77 ERA). Simpson also pitched solidly in his last outing allowing no runs in seven innings of work against FAMU. BCU won that contest 4-0.
Game Three (Sunday): Michael Romano (2-5, 5.43 ERA) vs. BCU right hander Montana Durapau (5-3, 4.07 ERA). Durapau earned his 5th win of the year in his last outing against cross-county rival Stetson.