By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 31, 2019
ATLANTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- The NCAA baseball Regionals are here and Florida A&M is hoping to play spoiler and upset the #3 overall seed Georgia Tech in the Rattlers' first Regional game since 2015.
The Rattlers will face either Auburn if they complete the upset on Saturday night or will take on Coastal Carolina if they lose in an elimination game Saturday afternoon.
Below you'll find a running live blog of updates and analysis from Russ Chandler Field between the Rattlers and the Yellow Jackets. We'll also have updates on Twitter from myself and over at the WCTV Sports page.
FINAL: 13-2, GT
FAMU falls in their regional opener and now will play with their season on the line against Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
End of the 8th Inning, 13-2, GT
We head to the 9th with a 13-2 lead for Georgia Tech.
The Jackets got three runs on a bases-clearing double down the third base line, past an attempting Kaycee Reese.
7th Inning, 10-2, GT
Georgia Tech has themselves an inning against Morgan Mendez and Jeremiah McCollum, the former of which walked the bases loaded and the latter of which couldn't put an end to the inning until some serious damage had been done.
Tech got two runs on what would have been an inning-ending double play, but an errant throw from Coscarella kept the inning alive and made it 7-2.
Then back to back singles from McCann and English drove home Guldberg (who reached on the error) to make it 8-2.
The next batter, Radcliffe, struck out but still reached first on a passed ball and after a battle with McCollum, Colin Hall delivered two runs with a single up the middle.
10-2, Tech leads, and the fourth pitcher is in the game for FAMU in Jamie Grant.
End of the 6th Inning, 5-2, GT
The day is done for Kyle Coleman, who was taken out after 5.2 innings of work.
Coleman started off shakey, facing 23 batters through the first four innings and allowing five runs in that span, but he settled down and didn't allow a run from the fourth inning on.
He finishes with a line of: 5.2 IP (129 pitches), 9 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 4 K.
Middle of the 5th Inning, 5-2, GT
The Rattlers are on the board!
Willis McDaniel led the party off with reaching on a hit by pitch, followed by a Lawrence single and a Kaycee Reese walk to set the stage for a Brett Maxwell sacrifice fly, making it 5-1.
The next better, Ryan Coscarella, laid down a perfect bunt as FAMU deployed the suicide squeeze, which scored Lawrence and allowed everyone to reach safely to keep the inning going.
End of the 4th Inning, 5-0, GT
Coleman logs his first scoreless frame and FAMU's defense logs their first inning without an error.
Time to get the bats going as we approach the halfway point.
Middle of the 4th Inning, 5-0, GT
FAMU is set down in order for the first time tonight in the 4th inning.
Coleman is back on the bound, checking in at 72 pitches. He's looking for his first scoreless frame of the day.
Bottom of the 2nd Inning, 4-0, GT
Georgia Tech is already winning the mind games against FAMU and we're only in the second inning.
Luke Waddell singled into left field with two on, but Seyjuan Lawrence made a good play to keep the bases loaded. Potentially.
That is, until, the Rattlers agreed to Jackson Webb's game of chicken, which led to an errant throw home and his scoring.
Two batters later, Tristin English hit a long, loud sacrifice fly to score another run, making it 4-0.
Kyle Coleman has had to labor a bit and is already at 56 pitches through two innings. He's getting ahead of batters but can't finish them off; five of the first nine batters he faced saw three-ball counts.
Bottom of the 1st Inning, 2-0, GT
When you walk the two leadoff batters ahead of Kyle McCann, it will never end well.
McCann bounced a ball past a diving Moyer into right field, where it was misplayed by Jared Weber to allow both lead off walks to score.
However, if there's a silver lining, it's that McCann slipped rounding second, allowing the Rattlers to tag him out.
Tech already on top, 2-0.
Middle of the 1st Inning, 0-0
The Rattlers are seeing the ball well in the early going, getting some good contact in and even got a one-out hit from Octavien Moyer but he was left stranded at first.
Hello all! We are set up from Russ Chandler Stadium and are ready for baseball.
The lineups are in and are:
Robert Robinson - DH
Octavien Moyer - 2B
Tucker Rayburn - 1B
Jared Weber - RF
Willis McDaniel - CF
Seyjuan Lawrence - LF
Kaycee Reese - 3B
Brett Maxwell - C
Ryan Coscarella - SS
Righty Kyle Coleman is on the mound to start for the Rattlers. He comes in with a 6-5 record and a 3.26 ERA.
Luke Waddell - SS
Michael Guldberg - DH
Kyle McCann - C
Tristin English - 1B
Baron Radcliff - RF
Colin Hall - LF
Austin Wilhite - 2B
Jackson Webb - 3B
Nick Wilhite - CF
GT also has a righty going to the bump, Amos Willingham, who owns a 7-2 record and a 5.40 ERA in 12 starts.
Tech's offense is potent, with six hitters batting over .300 in the starting lineup.