Ortiz Impresses In First Career Start, Bats Fall Asleep In Series Finale

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Mississippi Valley State University baseball program got a quality start out of freshman Abraham Ortiz, but the offense never woke up during an 11 a.m. CT first pitch during an 11-1 defeat in eight on Sunday.

The Basics

  • Final Score: Bethune-Cookman 11 | Mississippi Valley State 1 (8 Innings)
  • Records: Mississippi Valley State (10-17-1, 4-12 SWAC) | Bethune-Cookman (18-21, 12-6 SWAC)
  • Location: Daytona Beach, Florida – Bethune Point
  • Series History: Bethune-Cookman Leads 4-2
  • Winning Streak: Bethune-Cookman (W2) | Mississippi Valley State’s Last Win: April 22, 2022 (12-2, 7 Innings)

Mississippi Valley State Top Performers

  • Ortiz was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy performance, contributing season-highs for both innings (5.0) and strikeouts (5) while allowing just two earned runs (three total).
  • Darrien Chapman drove in the Devils’ lone RBI for the second straight day with an RBI walk, the team’s only base on balls, to go along with a single.
  • Jose Salazar-Ortega was the player to score on the bases loaded free pass after reaching via single earlier in the frame to bump his on-base string to nine consecutive and nine-of-ten.
  • Both Willie Johnson and Maury Weaver were hit-by-pitches as Weaver also kept pace with Salazar-Ortega by pushing his on-base streak to nine as well, on top of a base knock.
  • Chris Soeder was the only extra-base hitter, squaring up a double.
  • With an infield single in the top of the fifth, Jan Tolentino recorded a base hit for the seventh straight contest, a new career-long.

MVSU will make the long 807-mile trip from Daytona Beach, Florida to Memphis, Tennessee for a midweek single game matchup at the University of Memphis at 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

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