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Taylor Cockrell was solid in his first career start on Tuesday.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Silenced at Bethune-Cookman
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/25/2014
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Bethune-Cookman’s Montana Durapau tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead the Wildcats to a 4-1 win over Stetson, Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Durapau (1-0) didn’t allow a hit after Darby McCormick’s lead-off single in the sixth. He struck out six without walking a batter, and retired the last 12 Hatters he faced.

“He was too much for us tonight,” said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn of Durapau. “We have no room for error right now. When your offense can only get two hits, you either have to shut someone out or limit them to one run.”

The Wildcats (3-4) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Josh Johnson led off with a single against Stetson starting pitcher Taylor Cockrell (0-1), moved to second on a grounder, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to first by Julian Santos.

Durapau set the Hatters (2-6) down in order over the first three innings, but Stetson broke through in the fourth. Second baseman Kevin Fagan lined an 0-1 pitch from Durapau just inside the left-field foul pole for a home run, knotting the score at 1-1. The homer was the first of the year for Stetson and the first of Fagan’s career.

Bethune-Cookman answered back in the bottom of the inning. Eric Sams led off with a single and moved to second base on a passed ball. After advancing to third on a single by Jordan Thomas, Sams was able to score when third baseman Mitch Piatnik threw wildly to home on a grounder by Matt Noble, giving B-CU a 2-1 lead.

The Wildcats tacked on two runs in the ninth for the final margin.

Making his first career start, Cockrell, a freshman, allowed one earned run in five innings, striking out five and walking three.

Despite a shaky start, Dunn was pleased with his rookie right-hander.

“Cockrell had some bumps in the road early on,” said Dunn. “He pitched from behind a little bit, but once he settled down he gave us five pretty good innings and only allowed the one run.”

Overall, Stetson pitching struck out eight batters and limited the Wildcats to just seven hits.

“Give credit to Bethune,” said Dunn. “They only had seven hits, but they were efficient. We didn’t make a lot of mistakes but when we did, they took advantage.”

Sams had two hits and scored twice for the Wildcats.

The Hatters return to action when they host South Florida, 6:30 p.m, Wednesday, at Melching Field.


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