MONTGOMERY, Ala. (April 16,) - The Florida A&M Baseball team woes continue as Alabama State defeated the Rattlers, 14-1 here Tuesday night at Wheeler- Watkins Stadium in a non-conference mid-week series.
FAMU (3-36) finished the contest with six hits as Marlon Gibbs finished with two of them.
The Hornets (23-17) tallied game high 20 hits as Dillon Cooper finished a perfect five-for-five from the plate for ASU.
Anthony Ricciardi (2-5) picked up the win for the Hornets as he pitched nine innings, allowing six hits, and striking out nine in the 30 batters he faced.
Jordan Montague received the loss for the Rattlers as he pitched five and two-third innings, along 16 hits, 13 earned runs and striking out two in the 36 batters he faced.
ASU plated four runs in the bottom of the second inning to grab an early 4-0 on a Marcus Swint double down the left field line, scoring both Cooper and Emmanuel Marrero, followed by a Richard Amion double scoring both Einar Muniz and Swint.
The Hornets added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning as Copper stole home on a double steal and then Marrero would score on a Muniz double to left center, making the score 6-0 in favor of ASU.
ASU increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as Leo Rojas scored on a Richard Gonzalez triple down to the right field line and then Gonzalez would score on a passed ball, making the score 8-0 in favor of the Hornets.
FAMU scored their only run in the top of the sixth inning as Bennie Robin son doubled to left center scoring Gibbs, cutting ASU’s lead to 8-1.
ASU picked up six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Dexter Price singles to left field scoring Gonzalez, followed by a Marrero single scoring Cooper and then Price would score on a Muniz double to left field. The Hornets would then plate three more runs to make the score, 14-1 in favor of ASU.
The Rattlers will return to action on Wednesday, April 17 as they will take on Alabama State in their final game of their two-game series at Wheeler – Watkins Stadium in Montgomery, Ala.