SALISBURY, Md. – Bethune-Cookman won the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Tournament championship on Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Norfolk State at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

The Wildcats (29-25) clinched and posted an undefeated mark throughout the double-elimination tournament.

The championship is the first for Bethune-Cookman since 2014 and 18thoverall. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cart=”y” identifier=”B01FABJI74″ locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]

Wildcats head coach Jason Beverlin was named the tournament’s Outstanding Coach, while Bethune-Cookman first baseman Danny Rodriguez was selected the Outstanding Performer.

“We came into the tournament extremely focused and played every game with a lot of energy,” Beverlin said. “We just didn’t let anything stand in the way of our goal of winning the MEAC championship.”

In a scoreless game in the sixth inning, Bethune-Cookman loaded the bases with one out, but Norfolk State starter Matt Outman got two strikeouts to end the Wildcat threat.

The game remained tied at 0-0 until the bottom of the eighth as Jameel Edney belted his seventh homer of the season over the left field wall to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage.

Bethune-Cookman pitchers Tyler Norris and Alex Seibold (6-4) combined for a one-hitter, with nine strikeouts and six walks.

Norfolk State’s Roger Hall broke up the combined no-hit bid with a base hit in the top of the ninth.

Rodriguez and Edney paced the Wildcat offense with two hits each.

Bethune-Cookman, which earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Regionals, awaits its opponent that will be announced during the NCAA Baseball Selection Show Monday, May 30 at Noon on ESPNU.


Game 1 – Bethune-Cookman 10, Coppin State 0
Game 2 – North Carolina Central 10, Delaware State 5
Game 3 – Coppin State 15, Delaware State 4 (Delaware State eliminated)
Game 4 – Florida A&M 10, North Carolina Central 2
Game 5 – Bethune-Cookman 14, Norfolk State 4
Game 6 – Coppin State 7, North Carolina Central 5 (North Carolina Central eliminated)
Game 7 – Bethune-Cookman 5, Florida A&M 2
Game 8 – Norfolk State 7, Coppin State 6 (Coppin State eliminated)
Game 9 – Norfolk State 4, Florida A&M 2 (Florida A&M eliminated)
Game 10 – Bethune-Cookman 1, Norfolk State 0
(Bethune-Cookman wins 2016 MEAC Baseball Championship)


2016 MEAC All-Tournament Team

Outstanding Performer: Danny Rodriguez, Bethune-Cookman

Outstanding Coach: Jason Beverlin, Bethune-Cookman

Nathan Bond Bethune-Cookman University
Jameel Edney Bethune-Cookman University
Tyler Norris Bethune-Cookman University
Danny Rodriguez Bethune-Cookman University
Bryant Miranda Coppin State University
Darien Percell Coppin State University
Brian Davis Florida A&M University
Dylan Dillard Florida A&M University
Brian Beard Norfolk State University
Roger Hall Norfolk State University
Devin Hemmerich Norfolk State University
Michael Parmentier Norfolk State University



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