TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 17) - The Florida A&M Baseball team split a doubleheader with Savannah State as the Tigers won game one, 9-2, and the Rattlers bouned back to win game two, 10-1, here Saturday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
Both FAMU and Savannah State finished the game with six hits each as Daniel Lee tallied two hits to lead the Rattlers, while Chris Arnold also finished with two hits to lead the Tigers.
Kyle McGowin (2-0) picked up the win for SSU as he pitched eight innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs and striking eight in the 30 batters he faced, while David Duncan received the loss for FAMU, giving up three hits, one earned run and striking out three in three innings on the mound.
The Tigers scored the first runs of the game as both Justin Broand and Ian Farris scored on a Darian Campbell single to left field, giving SSU a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
FAMU would tie the game in the bottom of the second as Scott Sheplak scored on a Dylan West single, then West scored on a Lee single, tying the game at 2-2.
SSU would plate four runs in the top of the third, sparked by a FAMU throwing error scoring Joseph McCrary. Peter Poole scored on a Uriah Virgo fielder's choice, followed by another FAMU error scoring Virgo and then Arnold would score on a wild pitch, giving the Tigers a 6-2 lead.
The Tigers would score two runs in the fifth and one run in the eighth for the 9-2 final.
In game two, the Rattlers would finish the contest with five hits, while SSU tallied four.
Reginald Grant led FAMU from the plate as he tallied two hits in four at-bats.
Heath Blackburn (1-4) picked up his first win of the season as he went the distance allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out seven in seven innings on the mound. Andrew Garren (1-3) received the loss for the SSU as he gave up one hit, five earned runs and struck out one in one-third inning on the mound.
FAMU took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first as both Grant and Franklin scored on bases loaded walks. Then West would hit the first collegiate grand slam of his career, giving the Rattlers a 6-0 lead.
The Rattlers would score more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 10-0 lead.
SSU scored their only run of the game on a Virgo sacrifice fly scoring Farris for the 10-1 final.
FAMU and Savannah State will play their rubber match of the series on Sunday, March 18 at Moore-Kittles Field with the first pitch to be thrown at 12 p.m.