March 16, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - The Florida A&M University baseball team dropped a 10-2 decision to the University of Indiana Friday in the first of a three game series at Moore-Kittles Field.
The Rattlers (1-20) have now extended their losing streak to 15 games, and once again found themselves unable to claw their way back after falling behind early in the game.
Indiana (6-8) jumped out on the Rattlers, scoring the first five runs of the first three innings, the latter being their most productive as they scored three runs on a Josh Phegley two RBI single up the middle and an Adam Gordon error. After two and a half innings of play the Rattlers were down 5-0 going into the bottom of the third.
FAMU responded with a run of their own on a RBI by centerfielder Darryl Evans that scored Elvin Millan, cutting the Hoosier lead to 5-1 after three.
FAMU continued their momentum going into the bottom of the fourth, scoring their second run of the afternoon on a Stanley Gnat single to second, bringing in first baseman David James. The single sliced into the Hoosier lead 6-2 after four innings.
After the fourth, the Rattlers' offense became stagnant over the remainder of the game, manufacturing no runs, while giving up four more, including a three run seventh inning that extended the Hoosier lead to 10-2, all but ending any chances of a Rattler comeback.
Leading the Rattlers offensively was Gnat who went 1-3 with an RBI and Elvin Millan who also went 1-3, with a run scored. Rounding out the trio of batters was David James, who was 1-4 with a run scored in the loss.
The Hoosiers were led by second baseman David Trager, who went 5-5 with 3 RBI's and a run scored, followed by Chris Hervey, who went 4-4 with 2 RBI's and three runs scored.
Senior pitcher Ben Baylor (0-5) took the loss for the Rattlers, surrendering 12 hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings, while striking out three batters, while Indiana's Tyler Tufts improved to 2-2 on the season giving up six hits, one earned run, and three strikeouts.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at Moore-Kittles field for a Saturday matinee doubleheader. First pitch will be thrown at 1:00 p.m.
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