SAVANNAH, Ga. - Junior Ryan Kennedy went 4-for-5, including a grand-slam to key a six-run, fifth-inning rally as Florida A&M defeated Savannah State 11-7 and completed a three-game sweep of the defending MEAC champions.
Jordan Montague (2-0) recorded the win for FAMU in relief of freshman Matthew Schaeffer who allowed three runs on three hits, striking out three in four innings of work. Montague allowed three runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings and Brandon Fleming struck out the side in the ninth inning to close out the game and complete the series sweep.
Fleming closed out all three victories, tossing four scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and six strikeouts. FAMU banged out 12 hits off four Savannah State pitchers, led by Kennedy, catcher Jeremy Barlow (3-for-5) and center fielder Blake Quillin (2-for-4). Quillin had a double and drove in four runs.
"This weekend was just what we needed," FAMU coach Jamey Shouppe said, "We have been leaving some wins out on the field, so it was important for us to put together a complete team effort and come away with a sweep. We did a good job scoring runs and our pitchers battled and pitched well. Brandon Fleming was lights out stepping up into the closer's role after we decided to move Schaeffer into the weekend rotation."
The win improved the Rattlers overall record to 6-10, 3-3 in MEAC play - and left them one game behind MEAC Southern Division leader Bethune Cookman, which lost its weekend series to North Carolina Central to fall to 4-2 in conference play. FAMU will travel to Fort Myers next for a three-game, non-conference series against Florida Gulf Coast University next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.