B-CU Baseball Team Wins 11th Conference Title
May 29, 2008
The Bethune-Cookman University Baseball team won the 2008 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Championship defeating Norfolk State 13-2 in the championship game at Marty Miller Field in Norfolk, VA. This is the third straight conference title and the 11th in 13 years for the Wildcats.
B-CU was led by MEAC Player of the Year Jose Lozado who went 2 for 4 at the plate helping him earn the Most Outstanding Player Award for the tournament. Osvaldo Torrez and Neal Jones also contributed to the win with 2 hits and 2 RBIs each. Pitcher Eric Thomas gave up just 6 hits in 7 innings of shutout baseball for the win.
MEAC Coach of the Year Mervyl Melendez was proud of his team saying “This is a great win for us and (we) are just continuing to have a great season with good hitting and outstanding pitching,"
The Wildcats move on to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Regional Baseball Tournament in Coral Gables, Fl to face the University of Miami Hurricanes at Mark Light Stadium on the UM campus. This is the third straight appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament for the Wildcats and their third trip overall to Coral Gables for a regional tournament. The Wildcats traveled to Miami in 1999 and 2003 for regional play. The Cats dropped both games of a double header to the Hurricanes when the two teams met earlier this season.
Bethune-Cookman and Miami will play game two of the Coral Gables Regional on Friday May 30, 2008 at 4pm following game one between the University of Missouri and Ole Miss at 12pm. Every game of the Coral Gables Regional will be broadcast live on ESPNU. For more information on the Coral Gables Regional you can visit the home site for the Miami Hurricanes at www.hurricanesports.com. For more information on the Bethune-Cookman University Baseball Team you can visit the B-CU athletics website at www.bccathletics.com or contact the Office of Sports Information at (386) 481-2206.
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About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.