FAMU at NORTH CAROLINA A&T
Thursday – FAMU 9, Aggies 7
Friday – Aggies 5, FAMU 4
Friday – Aggies 9, FAMU 2
GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 10) – The FAMU Baseball team (22-31, 14-10 MEAC) dropped a hard-fought three-game set to the North Carolina A&T Aggies Thursday and Friday here at War Memorial Stadium.
The setback denied the Rattlers the 2019 MEAC Southern Division title, but they did come into the series with the division’s number two spot well in hand headed into the league tournament, May 15-19 in Daytona Beach’s Jackie Robinson Stadium.
GAME ONE: FAMU held on to win the opener, 9-7 on Thursday, after building a 9-2 lead headed into the eighth inning. The Aggies scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth and one more in the ninth.
The Rattlers opened the game’s scoring with a four-run second inning, then after the Aggies scored once in the fourth, FAMU would add single runs in the sixth and seventh and three more in the eighth for that 9-2 lead.
Rattler closer Jeremiah McCollum picked up his 11th save after allowing one run on one hit in the final one and one-third innings, while Kyle Coleman (4-5) got the win after working four and two thirds innings.
Third baseman Kaycee Reese had double and three RBIs, while shortstop Ryan Coscarella added a double and a pair of runs driven in. Robert Robinson, Octavien Moyer and Seyjuan Lawrence each drove in a run in Thursday’s game.
@ Friday’s schedule featured a doubleheader to avoid severe weather forecast for Saturday into Sunday, and the twinbill ended up going the way of the Aggies, 5-4 and 9-2.
GAME TWO:The Aggies (28-22, 16-8 MEAC) used a four run second to erase FAMU’s 1-0 first inning lead, but had their bats stymied by Josh Hancock (4-6), who allowed five runs while scattering 12 hits with five strikeouts in seven and two-thirds innings.
Leading the Rattler Offense in Friday’s opener was the trio of Reese, Moyer and Willis McDaniel, who had two hits apiece, with each scoring a run along with Robert Robinson, who had a hit and a RBI. Tucker Rayburn and Jared Weber each added a hit and an RBI.
GAME THREE: In Friday’s second game, the Aggies struck for 15 hits, yet found themselves in a 2-2 deadlock until the bottom of the sixth, when they pushed across two runs, then broke the game open with a four-run seventh, adding a final tally in the eighth.
FAMU had eight hits in the second game, led by Robinson and Weber with two hits each, while Kaycee Reese added a hit and an RBI.
Josh Barr started the second game, working four and two thirds innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with four strikeouts. Reliever Chris Clark (0-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in the sixth.
ON DECK – THE MEAC TOURNEY: Official tournament pairings will be released on Monday, but FAMU, the South’s #2 seed will likely face off against the North’s #3 club, Delaware State, at 12 noon on Wednesday.