TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 29) - The University of Maine completed their sweep of the Florida A&M Baseball team as the Bears handed the Rattlers, a 17-7 defeat, here Wednesday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
Maine (3-2) finished the contest with 18 hits as they had three Black Bears to finish with three hits each.
FAMU (1-8) tallied 15 hits in the contest as both Jared Walker and Jarryd Reid finished with three hits each for the Rattlers.
Manny Pupo (1-0) got the win for the Black Bears as he pitched four innings, allowing seven hits, five earned runs and struck out two, while on the mound. David Duncan (1-2) received the loss for the Rattlers as he gave up seven hits, nine earned runs and struck out five in three and two-third innings on the mound.
FAMU cut Maine's lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning as Cory Franklin scored on a Pupo wild pitch. The Bears added to their lead as they scored two runs in their half of the third and four runs in their half of the fourth to take a 9-1 lead after three and one-half innings of play.
FAMU would erupt in the bottom of the fourth inning as Reid scored on a wild pitch, followed by a Daniel Lee two-run single scoring both Jaylin Earl and Aaron Smith. Walker followed with a triple scoring Lee, cutting the Black Bears' lead to 9-5.
Maine would then take a 13-5 lead after seven and one-half innings of play.
Reid led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to right center and then scored on an Aaron Smith double to left center, followed by a Jaylin Earl single scoring Smith, making the score 13-7 in favor of the Black Bears.
Maine would then plate four more runs in the top of the ninth for the 17-7 final.
FAMU will return to action on Friday, March 2 as they will take on Jacksonville University at John Session Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., in a 6:30 p.m. start.