SAVANNAH, Ga. (April 20) – The FAMU Baseball team swept a Saturday doubleheader at Savannah State, 7-5 and 11-7, to move into second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division.
FAMU (18-23, 10-8 in MEAC) have now won four straight games and seven of their last eight games, to surge from fifth place to second in the division with six games remaining.
The Rattlers won the series opener, 7-5 on Thursday, but Friday’s scheduled Game Two was rained out, leading to Saturday’s twinbill at Tiger Field.
@ In Saturday’s opener (W, 7-5), Savannah State took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Rattlers began chipping away at the Tigers in the middle innings.
FAMU plated a run in the top of the fourth, but the Tigers scored single tallies in the fourth and fifth to extend their lead to 5-1.
However, Rattler reliever Jamie Grant came on in the fourth inning in place of starter Josh Barr, earning the win after working three and one third innings, allowing just one run on four hits. Morgan Mendez came on in the seventh, picking up a save after tossing two and a third innings of scoreless relief.
Leading the way offensively for FAMU was Seyjuan Lawrence, who went 4 for 5, with two runs scored. Brett Maxwell finished with two hits and three RBI, while Ryan Coscarella had a pair of RBIs on two hits.
Robert Robinson also added two hits, while Willis McDaniel and Kaycee Reese each drove in a run,
@ In Saturday’s second game (W, 11-7), FAMU grabbed the early edge, scoring two runs in the top of the third for a 2-0 edge, adding a single tally in the fourth and three runs in the fifth for a 6-1 advantage.
Savannah State (7-21-1, 5-10 MEAC) scored two runs in the sixth to close to 6-3, but the Rattlers rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to push their edge to 9-3.
The two teams exchanged scoring jags in the seventh and eighth, as the Tigers scored once in the seventh for a 9-4 score. FAMU added two runs in the top of the eighth for extend to 11-4, before the Tigers added three runs in the bottom of the inning for the final 11-7 count.
FAMU starter Josh Hancock (4-3) got the win, working six and one third innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and three walks.
Josh Wilson and Chris Clark came on to work two thirds of an inning each of scoreless relief, giving way to Jeremiah McCollum, who picked up his 10th save of the year after working the final inning and a third, retiring four straight batters to seal the game.
The Rattlers bashed out 16 hits, led by Seyjaun Lawrence’s three hits and two RBIs. Robert Robinson had two hits and two RBIs, while Octavien Moyer, Tucker Rayburn, Brett Maxwell and Ray Coscarella all had two hits.
WHAT’S ON DECK: The Rattlers are facing a busy schedule this week, starting Tuesday with a home game against Mercer (4:00), before a Wednesday road game at Alabama State (5:00), and a three-game set in Jacksonville against North Florida Saturday (4:00) and Sunday (1:00 doubleheader).