TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 24) - The Florida A&M Baseball team split a doubleheader with Southwestern Athletic Conference member Jackson State as the Rattlers pulled a 5-4 win in game one and the Tigers won game two as they held off a Rattler late inning rally, here Saturday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field .
FAMU finished game on with 10 hits, while JSU tallied six.
The Rattlers were led by John Scott, Schott Sheplak and Daniel Lee as they all finished with two hits each to lead FAMU, while both Desmond Russell and Charles Epperson finished with two hits apiece to lead the Tigers from the plate.
Stephen Dollar (1-0) picked up the win for the Rattlers as he pitched one inning of relief, allowing two hits, earned run and striking out one, while John Roberts started the game for FAMU as he gave up four hit, two earned runs and striking out six in seven innings on the mound. In addition, Tony Covington picked up his first save of the season as he pitched 1.0 inning, striking out two.
FAMU took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Sheplak scored on a Lee tripled to left center.
JSU (15-7) regained the lead in the top of the third inning as Glen Walker tripled to left center scoring both Stephen Curtis and Jose Cruz. Then Walker would score as Frank Solis grounds out to the first baseman, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
The Rattlers would cut the Tigers’ lead to 3-2 as Corey Franklin was hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded scoring John Scott.
JSU extended their lead to 4-2 as Solis scored on a Russell single to right center in the top of eighth inning.
The Rattlers would then win the game in the bottom of the eighth as they scored three runs as Lee scored on a balk. Then Justin Abney would double to left center scoring Franklin, followed by a Reginald Grant bases loaded walk scoring Tyler Lawson, giving FAMU the 5-4 win.
In game two, FAMU pounded out 11 hits, while JSU finished with 13.
Grant led the Rattlers from the plate as he tallied three hits in five at-bats with one RBI, while both Louis Torres and Aneko Knowles finished with three hits to lead the Tigers.
Quintavious Drains (4-3) picked up the win for JSU as he pitched one and one-third inning of relief giving up two hits and striking out three in the eight batters he faced, while Miles Williams received the loss for FAMU as he pitched one and one-third inning of relief, giving up one hit and striking out one in the six batters he faced.
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.
FAMU (5-20) would begin their rally in the bottom of the sixth as they scored five runs on four hits, while taking advantage of JSU error, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 7-5. The Rattlers would score their first run of the inning as Lee scored on an error, followed by Lawson double scoring Franklin. Then Grant would single to the left side scoring Lawson, followed a Leonard Richard two-RBI single scoring both Andrew Thomas and Abney.
The Rattlers would tie the game at 7-7 as Lawson scored on a JSU errors, followed by a Jarryd Reid single scoring Thomas in the bottom of the seventh inning.
JSU would score four runs in the top of the eight to take an 11-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Tigers would hold off the Rattlers eighth inning rally as both Franklin and Lee scored on a JSU error for the 11-9 finale.
FAMU will return to action on Sunday , March 25 as they will concluded their three-game series with Jackson at Moore-Kittles Field in a 12 p.m. start.