Tallahassee, Fl. (February 25th, 2018) – Coming off of a double header sweep, Florida A&M looked to finish their four game series against Alcorn State University with a 3rd straight win.
Alcorn State took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After getting hit by a pitch, A.J. Makarewicz scored on a single through the left side by Der’Vincent Hamilton. Hamilton advanced to second on the play, and would later score on another single through the left side, this time by Kyle Jenkins.
The Rattlers quickly responded with two runs of their own. Jordan Curtis led off the inning with a hit by pitch, and Dallas Oliver reached base on a walk. Both runner were driven in by Brian Davis on a line drive single to right field, making the score 2-2 after one inning of play.
After FAMU starting pitcher Thomas Nicoll threw 3 straight scoreless innings, Alcorn State regained the lead thanks to back to back solo homeruns by Edward Jackson and Brendley Martina, making it a 4-2 game going into the bottom half of the fifth.
The Braves extended their lead to 7-2 in the 6th inning. Kyle Jenkins reached base on a walk, and Brandon Barna followed that with a base hit. Both runners would then score on an error on a ground ball hit by Edward Jackson. Jackson would then steal second base, forcing a throw from the catcher, allowing Wilbert Malphus to score.
The Rattlers’ bats were silent after the first inning, as Jahborus Smith earned his first win of the season for the Braves, throwing 5 innings, giving up two earned runs on only one hit. Razedrick Winters came into the game in the fifth inning and threw two scoreless innings.
Thomas Nicoll was handed his second loss of the season, despite striking out seven batters and walking none through 5 innings of work. Josh Barr and Jamie Grant combined to pitch the sixth, and Grant stayed in the game to start the seventh inning before giving way to Chris Clark and Deven Shulstad, who each recorded one out to close out the inning.
Florida A&M will look to bounce back on the road this Tuesday, facing Florida International University in Miami, Florida at 6:00 PM.