Jacksonville, FL -- March 2, 2012 --
Jacksonville University scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth as they rallied past the Florida A&M Baseball Team, 11-10 here Friday afternoon at Session Stadium.
FAMU (1-9) pounded out a game high 15 hits as Dylan West finished went a perfect four-for-four from the plate, scoring three runs, while driving in one.
JU(3-6) finished the game with13 hits as they had four Dolphins to finish with two hits each.
Jimmy Appleby (1-0) picked up the win for JU as he pitched one inning of relief allowing two hits and striking out one, while Christopher Priestly (0-1) received the loss for FAMU as he gave up two hits, and earned run in one inning of relief.
The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead as they scored two run in the second and a run in the run in the third inning.
FAMU tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth as Corey Franklin scored the Rattlers first run of the innings on a Scott Sheplak singe up the middle, followed by a Daniel Lee double to left center scoring both West and Aaron Smith.
The Rattlers would then erupt in the top of the fourth as they scored four runs to take a 7-3 lead as John Scott scored on a Sheplak single, followed by a Smith single scoring both Franklin and Reginald Grant. Then Sheplak would score FAMU’s final run of the inning on a West single.
JU tied the game at 7-7 as they scored two runs in the fifth and two runs in the sixth.
FAMU regained the lead in the top of the seventh as Sheplak scored on a Tyler Lawson single, then John Scott was hit-by-a-pitch with the base loaded scoring West, giving the Rattles a 9-7 lead.
JU would take the lead in the bottom of the ninth as Dan Gulbransen doubled to center field scoring Zachary Houck, then both Gulbransen and Alex McCrae would score on back-to-back Rattler wild pitches, giving the Dolphins a 10-9 lead.
The Rattlers tied the game at 10-10 in the top of the ninth as West scored on a Justin Abney single.
Ethan Loosen would score the winning run for the Dolphins in the bottom of the ninth as he score on a McCrae single up the middle, give JU the 11-10 victory.
FAMU will conclude their two-game series with Jacksonville on Saturday, March 3 at Session Stadium in a 1 p.m. start.