Miami, Fl. (February 28th, 2018) – Florida A&M came into the game looking to redeem themselves after dropping game one of their two game series with FIU.
The Rattlers drew first blood in this one, putting up two runs in the first inning. After a hit-by-pitch and two walks, Jacky Miles drove in Jordan Curtis and Dallas Oliver on a single to right field. They added another run in the second inning. Kaycee Reese led off the inning with a single, and then advanced to third base on a throwing error by the pitcher. Bret Maxwell would then drive him in on a sacrifice fly to center field.
FIU dipped into the Rattlers’ lead in the second inning. Lorenzo Hampton led off the inning with a double and would later score on a single by Eddie Silva, making it a 3-1 FAMU lead going into the third.
FAMU extended the lead to 5-1 in the third inning. Brian Davis and Jacky Miles Jr. both walked with one out in the inning. Davis would score on a passed ball, and Miles scored on a throwing error by the second baseman after a ground ball hit by Cameron Johnson.
The Rattlers didn’t stop there, adding another run in the fourth inning. Jordan Curtis led off the inning with a single before scoring on a double over the center fielder’s head by John Capra. Capra would drive in another run in the following inning, scoring Kaycee Reese on a single to left field, making the score 7-1 FAMU going into the bottom half of the fifth inning.
FIU shortened the lead in the sixth inning to make it a 7-3 game. The Panthers scored two runs on a homerun by Jose Garcia that drove in Javier Valdes, who reached base on a hit-by-pitch.
The Rattlers quickly answered in the top of the seventh inning. Bret Maxwell led off the inning with a single. Jordan Curtis followed with a fielder’s choice and would later score on a Dallas Oliver ground ball to third base that was also ruled a fielder’s choice.
FIU shortened the deficit in the ninth inning, thanks to a triple down the right field line by Juan Texiera. Texiera then scored on a ground ball to second base by Diandre Amion. However, the scoring ended there as Florida A&M would hold on to win by a final score of 8-4.
FIU starting pitcher Christian Santana was handed his first loss of the season after giving up two earned runs through 3 innings. Greyson Fletcher threw 1.2 innings, giving up two earned runs. Everett Hurst added 2.1 innings of relief, giving up one earned run, and Sean Acevedo finished the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no earned runs.
Josh Wilson was impressive for the Rattlers, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits and striking out five on his way to a win. Jeremiah McCollum closed out the sixth inning and recorded two outs in the seventh without giving up a run. Jamie Grant recorded the last out of the seventh and went on to throw a scoreless eighth before giving way to Dylan Carlson in the ninth.
Florida A&M will be back in Tallahassee to face Brown University at 4:00 PM at Moore-Kittles Field.