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Bethune-Cookman earns 10th MEAC Baseball Title

May 21, 2006

NORFOLK, Va.--- Francisco Rodriguez pitched a three-hit shutout to lead Bethune-Cookman College to its 10th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference baseball title with a 14-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore Sunday evening at Marty L. Miller Field on the campus of Norfolk State University.

The Wildcats (30-25) advance to the NCAA Baseball Regional via the MEAC's automatic bid.

Maryland Eastern Shore (17-34-1) finished 2006 with the best mark since its 1995 season when they posted a 25-28 record.

UMES, after pounding out 35 hits yesterday, 26 against Coppin State, couldn't get the bats going against BCC's lefty Rodriguez (9-1) who allowed just three Hawk hits and went a complete game with seven strikeouts and four walks.

Bethune-Cookman College plated two runs in the first, three in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the ninth highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Alejandro Jimenez.

The Hawk's three hits came in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings respectively. Joel Maher, Bernie Stratchko and Ronald Quick had hits in that order.

Jose Ortiz-Rivera also hit a home run and was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Performer. He finished batted .583 for the tournament, going 7-of-12 with six RBI and one homerun.

Joining Ortiz-Rivera on the All-Tournament team were teammates Rodriguez (P), Dustin Blackwell (P); Rob Caruso (INF); Jose Almonte (INF) and Spencer Hill (INF). UMES placed five players on the all tournament team: Greg Cathell (INF); Morgan Schirmer (C); Brad Powell (OF); Ronald Quick (OF) and Justin Hoban (DH).

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Md.-Eastern Shore... 000 000 000 -  0  3  3
Bethune-Cookman..... 213 120 05X - 14 14  3

E - STRATCHKO,B(19); SCHIRMER,M.(7); MAYTA,P.(10); HILL,S. 2(4); ALMONTE,J.(8). DP - UMES 1; Bethune-Cook 2. LOB - UMES 7; Bethune-Cook 6. HR - ORTIZ,J.(3); JIMENEZ,A.(6); IRVINE,C.(4). HBP - HOBAN,J.; HENAULT,C.; JIMENEZ,A.; IRVINE,C.. SF - JIMENEZ,A.(4). SB - GAINES,E.(14); IRVINE,C.(6); HILL,S.(3); ALMONTE,J.(8). CS -GAINES,E.(4); ORTIZ,J.(11).

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