TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Austin Dill pitched his first career no-hitter in the second game against Norfolk State, as Florida A&M swept the Spartans 5-3, 3-1 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference double-header, Saturday here at Moore-Kittles Field.
Dill became the fifth FAMU pitcher to pitch a no-hitter for the Rattlers. The last no-hitter thrown by a Rattler pitcher was in a double header against North Carolina A&T on March 23, 1994, by Shohn Lewis in game one and James Harris in game two.
The Rattlers (15-32, 11-6 MEAC) have won their last five games, and 14 of their last 19 games, matching their longest winning streak of the season.
The last time the Rattlers won five or more games in a row was during the 2004 season with FAMU winning eight in a row and the 2003 season, when the Rattlers won seven in a row.
In game one, the Rattlers knocked out eight hits to Norfolk State's seven.
Eight of nine FAMU's starters finished with one hit each, while NSU was paced by Ernie Banks with three hits.
Cirilo Manego (5-5) got the win for the FAMU, giving up three earned runs and striking out eight in eight innings, while Eddie Thomas (2) picked up the save.
Joey Seal (3-5) got the loss for NSU, giving up seven hits and five earned runs in six and two-third innings.
Jared Jeffries gave the Rattlers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth scoring on a Anthony Mazzeo sacrifice fly to left field.
FAMU increased their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning sparked by an Elvin Millan sacrifice fly to right field scoring David James.
NSU scored their only runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Banks homered to right center, followed by a Anselmo Cantu two-run single scoring both Rocco Savage and Lyall Foran for the 5-3 final.
In game two, FAMU finished with seven hits paced by James and Corey McFadden with two hits each.
Dill (5-2) picked the win for FAMU by going the distance, giving up one run and striking out two in seven innings, while Leon Schabacker (3-6) took the loss for NSU, giving up three earned runs, while striking out six in six innings of work.
The Spartans (20-21, 8-8 MEAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Banks RBI grounder scoring Jerrod Wiggins.
FAMU tied the game at 1-1 on a McFadden homer in the bottom of the second inning.
In the Rattler fifth inning, FAMU scored a pair of runs, one on a Jeffries single, scoring Darryl Evans. Jeffries would score on a James single for the 3-1 final.
FAMU will conclude their three game series against Norfolk State on Sunday, May 6 in a single game at 1 p.m.
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