Game 1: Tallahassee, Fl. (March 3rd, 2018) - The FAMU Rattlers came into game two of their four game series with Brown University looking to bounce back from a tough Friday night loss.
Brown jumped on the board early, scoring one run in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Sam Grigo started the inning with a walk. After stealing second base, he would later score on a single up the middle by Garrett Delano.
The Bears tacked on another run in the second inning. Rich Ciufo led off the inning with a double to left field, and was driven in by a Louis Gaitley single through the left side, making it a 2-0 game going into the bottom of the second.
Joe Lomuscio led off the Bears half of the fifth inning with a single. He then advanced to second base on a ground ball and scored on a single by Cameron Deere, giving Brown a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
The Rattlers finally got on the board with one run in the fifth inning. Kaycee Reese drew a two out walk and advanced to third base on a line drive single by Bret Maxwell. Jordan Curtis then singled up the middle to drive in Reese and make it a 3-1 game.
Brown quickly answered with 2 runs in the top of the sixth. Rich Ciufo doubled down the left field line, and later scored on a single through the right side by Calvin Farris. Louis Gaitley then reached base on an error, and would later score on a single to left field by Joe Lomuscio, making it a 5-1 lead for the Bears.
Brown added another run in the seventh, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Louis Gaitley, scoring Garrett Delano, who walked earlier in the inning. Brown was not done there, adding 3 insurance runs in the ninth inning. Another sacrifice fly by Louis Gaitley drove in Garrett Delano again. Calvin Farris then singled through the right side, driving in Mark Sluys, who reached on a walk. Rich Ciufo, who singled, later scored on a wild pitch to make it a 9-1 lead for the Bears going into the bottom of the ninth.
The Bears held on to win by a final score of 9-1, with Collin Garner getting the win after throwing 6 innings, giving up only one earned run. Garner was relieved by Brennan Vazquez who tossed 2 scoreless innings. Calvin Farris came in to pitch the ninth, also allowing no runs.
FAMU starter Thomas Nicoll suffered his third loss of the season, giving up three earned runs through 5 innings, despite striking out seven. Jeremiah McCollum recorded one out in the sixth before giving way to Deven Shulstad, who finished the sixth. Chris Clark recorded one out in the seventh before William Walter came in to throw the final 2.2 innings of the game for the Rattlers.
Game 2: Tallahassee, Fl. (March 3, 2018) – Dropping the first two games of the series, the Rattlers looked to split the double header with a win in game three of the series.
After 3.5 scoreless innings of play, the Rattlers drew first blood, scoring four runs in the fourth inning. Dallas Oliver kickstarted the inning with a one out double to right center field and then scored on a single by Brian Davis. Davis later scored on a wild pitch along with Willis McDaniel, who scored on a throwing error by the catcher after the wild pitch. Bret Maxwell then singled to right field to drive in Kaycee Reese, who reached base on a bunt single, making it a 4-0 game in favor of FAMU.
The Rattlers grabbed an insurance run in the fifth inning, thanks in part to a lead off single to left by Jordan Curtis. After stealing second base and advancing to third on a throwing error by the catcher, Curtis was driven in by a John Capra single to increase the Rattlers’ lead to 5-0.
FAMU held on for the 5-0 win. Josh Barr earned the win for the Rattlers after throwing 4.1 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out five. Ryan Anderson entered the game in the 5th inning and threw 1.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Dylan Carlson, who closed out the game with a scoreless sevent.
Brown starting pitcher Dante Bosnic suffered his first loss of the season, giving up four earned runs in 3.2 innings. JJ Sliepka threw 1.1 inning of relief and Pat Petturuti threw a scoreless sixth for the Bears.
Florida A&M will look to split the series on Sunday, March 4th, at 11:30 AM at Moore-Kittles Field.