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Rattler Baseball WIns Season Opener in Jackson
Release: Thursday 02/18/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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JACKSON, Miss. (Feb. 17) - The Florida A&M Baseball team picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Mississippi Valley State University, 5-2 in their first game of the Jackson State Invitational, but dropped a 15-6 decision to tourney host Jackson State in the night cap, here Friday afternoon at Robert Braddy, Sr. Field .

FAMU (1-1) tallied a game high 11 hits as the Rattlers had four players to finish with two hits each, while MVSU (0-1) garnered five hits with Clay Perry finishing with a team high two hits.
David Duncan (1-0) picked up the win for the Rattlers as he gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out three in six innings of work. Trey Lacy (0-1) received the loss for the Delta Devils as he gave up eight hits, three earned runs and struck out three in four innings.

Reginald Grant scored the Rattlers first run of the game on a Jarryd Reid sacrifice fly to center field, giving FAMU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

FAMU added to their lead in the top of third inning as John Scott scored on a Reid single. Then Reid would score on a Dylan West double, giving the Rattlers a 3-0 lead.

Nikolas Fangonilo scored the Delta Devil's first run of the game on a Billy Linney single through the left side. It cut the Rattlers' lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning.

Reid recorded his second RBI of the game as he doubled to center field scoring Cory Franklin, followed by a MVSU infielder's error scoring Jared Walker. That gave FAMU a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth.

MVSU scored their final run in the bottom of the fourth as FAMU held on for the 5-2 win.

In the night cap against Jackson State, FAMU would finish the game with 10 hits as Franklin, Reid and Ryan Sheplak all finished with two hits each to lead the Rattlers.

JSU (1-0) pounded out 13 hits as Charles Epperson finished with finished with a game-high four hits.

Quintavious Drains (1-0) picked up the win for the Tigers as he allowed nine hits, two earned runs and struck out nine in six innings on the mound, while Heath Blackburn (0-1) took the loss for the Rattlers as he gave up five hits in two-thirds of an inning on the mound. JSU would take a 9-1 lead into the top of the third inning.

FAMU would cut into the Tigers' lead in the top of the third inning as they scored two runs on a Franklin double scoring both Grant and Reid, cutting JSU's lead to 9-3.

The Rattlers would score three more runs in the top of the fifth as Sheplak singled down the third base line scoring both Justin Abney and Reid, followed by a error by the Tiger outfield scoring Franklin, making the score 14-6 in favor of the Tigers.

JSU would score their final run in the bottom of the sixth for the 15-6 final.

FAMU will return to action on Saturday, January 18 as they will take on Eastern Illinois in a 3 p.m. CST start at Robert Braddy field.


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