Game 1: Tallahassee, Fl. (February 24th, 2018) – After a tough Friday night loss, the Rattlers looked to take game two of their four game series with Alcorn State University.
The Rattler bats came alive early in this one, putting up four runs in the first inning. After Jordan Curtis and John Capra each walked, Dallas Oliver drove in Curtis on a single up the middle. Octavien Moyer would follow up with his second homerun of the season, driving in Capra and Oliver to make the score 4-0 FAMU after one inning of play. Oliver, who started the game on the mound for the Rattlers, would help his own cause again in the second inning, driving in John Capra on a single to right field.
After two scoreless innings by FAMU starting pitcher Dallas Oliver, Alcorn State got on the board in the third inning. Nicholas Hayes-Saltare, who reached on a single, scored on a groundout to the second baseman by Wallas Rios Jimenez. Wilbert Malphus, who also reached base on a single, would then be driven in by an A.J. Makarewics double, making the score 5-2 FAMU after three innings of play.
The Braves would add two more runs in the fourth inning. Kyle Jenkins led off the inning with a single, and Brendly Martina later got hit by a pitch. Both runners would then score on a double to the left field wall by Nicholas Hayes-Saltare, making the score 5-4 FAMU.
The Rattlers answered with a huge fourth inning, scoring twelve runs on seven hits. Kodi Russ led off the inning with a walk, followed by a Malachi Mitchell hit by pitch. Jordan Curtis would also walk, and John Capra capitalized with a double to left, scoring Russ and Mitchell. Jordan Curtis then scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch by Octavien Moyer, and Capra also scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch by Willis McDaniel. The Braves pitching struggles continued, as Dallas Oliver scored from third on a wild pitch and Bret Maxwell drove in three more runs with a homerun to left field. After reaching on a double, Kodi Russ scored on a single by Malachi Mitchell, who would then score on a John Capra double down the left field line. Capra then scored on a single to right center by Dallas Oliver. Octavien Moyer drove in Oliver on a double before the inning finally came to an end.
FAMU did not let up, adding another run in the fifth inning, making the score 18-4. After reaching base on a walk, Eric Blanc advanced to second base on a wild pitch. He then advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Malachi Mitchell. The Rattlers were still not done, tacking on another three runs in the sixth thanks to a solo homerun to left field by John Capra, a Bret Maxwell double that scored Willis McDaniel, and an RBI single by Javon Byrd.
Both coaches agreed to call the game going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Dallas Oliver earned his first win of the season, throwing 5 innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out five. William Walter threw two scoreless innings to wrap up the game.
Alcorn State starting pitcher George Osborne was handed his second loss of the season, giving up seven earned runs through 3 innings. Joe Smith, Tyler Smith and Brandon Thomas combined to pitch the last 3 innings of the game for the Braves.
Game 2: Tallahassee, Fl. (February 24, 2018) – Coming off a big win, Florida A&M looked to sweep the Saturday double header against Alcorn State University.
The Rattlers picked up right where they left off, and John Capra stayed hot, hitting a home run in the first inning to give FAMU an early 1-0 lead.
Alcorn State answered in the third inning with a two run homerun off the bat of Der’Vincent Hamilton, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead going into the bottom half.
This lead would not last a full inning, as Florida A&M quickly regained the lead in the bottom half of the third. After reaching base on a single to right, Cameron Johnson would later score on a sacrifice fly to left field by John Capra, tying the game at two. Dallas Oliver would then drive in Kaycee Reese on a single to right field. Octavien Moyer then kept the inning alive with a two out single, driving in Jordan Curtis and Dallas Oliver, making it a 5-2 game for the Rattlers.
Wilbert Malphus led off the Braves’ half of the fourth with a double, and would later score on a single by Wallas Rios Jimenez to shorten the Rattlers’ lead to 5-3.
FAMU blew the game open in the fifth inning. John Capra led off the inning with a single, and Dallas Oliver followed that up with a double to right center. Both runners would score on an error by the center fielder on a fly ball hit by Jacky Miles. Octavien Moyer would then single to drive in Brian Davis, who reached on a hit by pitch. Willis McDaniel tacked on another run, driving in Moyer on a single, making the score 9-3 in favor of the Rattlers.
Bukhari Brown got his first loss of the season for the Braves. Brown was replaced by Jose Fernandez in the third inning. Fernandez threw 2.1 innings before Regynold Johnson entered the game in the sixth.
Florida A&M will look to win their third straight game on Sunday, February 24th, at 12:00 PM at Moore-Kittles Field, as they will take on Alcorn State in the final game of their four game series.