Tallahassee, Fl. (March 30th, 2018) – Coming off a rough non-conference stretch, Florida A&M looked to stay hot in MEAC play this Friday, as they hosted the Eagles of North Carolina Central University for the first of a three-game series.
FAMU added two runs in the bottom of the third. Jacky Miles drove in Jordan Curtis with a sacrifice fly to left field. John Capra then reached on an error by the third baseman, scoring Dallas Oliver to make the Rattlers’ lead 3-0.
NC Central got on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Evan Holland drove in Timmy Fischvogt with a double to left field to make it a 3-1 game in favor of FAMU.
NC Central cut into the lead in the top of the eighth. After reaching on a hit-by-pitch, Evan Holland later scored on an error by the shortstop, making it a 4-2 game going into the bottom of the eighth.
The Rattlers held onto their lead in the ninth to win the game by a final score of 4-2. Ryan Anderson got his second win of the year after a great start, going 7.1 innings, allowing only two runs (one earned). Jamie Grant closed out the bottom of the eighth, and Dylan Carlson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Chris Kernen was handed his third loss of the year for NC Central, allowing four runs (two earned), through 6 innings of work. Kameron Winburn threw 1.1 innings of relief, while Austin Vernon and Marcus Washburn each recorded an out in the eighth.
The win puts the Rattlers at 12-17 on the year, and 5-2 in MEAC play. FAMU will look to win the series tomorrow, with the first game of a double header starting at 12:00 PM at Moore-Kittles Field.