Tallahassee, Fl. (April 11th, 2018) – Florida A&M hosted the Dolphins of Jacksonville University this Tuesday evening, looking to split the season series after losing a close game to the Dolphins a week earlier.
Jacksonville got on the board early, scoring one run in the top of the first. Angel Camacho grounded out to shortstop, scoring Ruben Someillan from third base, giving the Dolphins an early lead 1-0 lead.
Jordan Curtis led off the bottom of the first with a line drive triple over the head of the center fielder. Dallas Oliver then drove him in with a single to center to tie up the game at one after one inning of play.
Jacksonville scored again in the third inning. Scott Dubrule drove in Duncan Hunter from second base with a single up the middle. John Cassala later hit a base clearing double to right center with the bases loaded, giving JU a 5-1 lead going to the bottom of the third.
FAMU answered with two runs in the fifth inning. Bret Maxwell drove in Willis McDaniel and John Capra with a line drive single to right center, shortening the Rattlers’ deficit to 5-3 after five innings of play.
The Dolphins got the runs back in the top of the sixth. Cory Garrastazu scored on a single to left center by Chris Lehane. Scott Dubrule followed with another RBI single to left center, scoring Ruben Someillan to make it a 7-3 game.
The Rattlers cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Dallas Oliver led off the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to third on a base hit by Brian Davis. Oliver would then score on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 game after six innings.
JU once again extended the lead in the seventh. Cory Garrastazu hit a line drive to right field to score pinch runner TD Walker from second base. Jacob Southern later scored on another single to right field, this one by Chris Lehane, giving the Dolphins a 9-4 lead after six and a half innings of play.
Jordan Curtis singled through the right side to score Bret Maxwell, cutting into Jacksonville’s lead in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded, Jacky Miles later doubled down the left field line to clear the bases. Brian Davis followed suit with a double down the left field line of his own to drive in Miles to tie up the game at nine runs a piece after seven innings of play.
Jacksonville quickly regained the lead in the top of the eighth thanks to a two-run homerun to right field by Sam Armstrong, making it an 11-9 game going to the bottom of the eighth.
FAMU would not go down without a fight. John Capra scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Ty Russ, but the rally came up short as the Rattlers lost by a final score of 11-10. Dallas Oliver got his fifth loss of the season after giving up the go-ahead homerun in the top of the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Jeremiah McCollum lasted 2.1 innings, allowing three runs. The Rattlers sent a total of eight different pitchers to the mound in the loss.
Trent Palmer was awarded the win for Jacksonville, despite allowing three earned runs in one inning of work. Starting pitcher Austin Temple allowed one run through 2 innings. The Dolphins trotted a total of six different pitchers to the mound.
The loss puts FAMU at 14-21 on the season. The Rattlers will look to bounce back on the road this weekend, as they will take on Bethune-Cookman University at 1:00 PM on Saturday in Daytona, FL, in the first of a three-game MEAC series.