By Michael Morrell/Special to FAMU Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M (12-19, 8-6 MEAC) used a four-run fourth inning to take down Jacksonville (10-21, 5-7 A-SUN) 6-5 on Tuesday at Moore-Kittles Field. FAMU RHP Cameron Sims (2-0) came in and provided two strong innings of relief in the win while Blake Quillin, Bennie Robinson and Marlon Gibbs combined to go 10-for-15 at the plate. The Rattler bullpen only allowed one run over the final six frames.
Florida A&M snapped a 20-game losing streak to Jacksonville dating back to February 12, 2003, a 6-2 win in Tallahassee.
JU started the scoring in the first inning on Scott Schaub’s two-run single back up the middle to give the Dolphins the early 2-0 lead.
The Rattlers answered with a run of their own in the home half of the first to make the score 2-1. Robinson scored from third with two outs as Devin Perry reached on a Dolphin fielding error. Gibbs attempted to score the tying run coming around from second on the throw, but was thrown out at the plate.
Jacksonville scored a pair of runs in the second and third innings to increase the Dolphin lead to 4-1.
FAMU took its first lead of the game, at 5-4, as they scored four runs on five hits in the fourth inning. Ryan Hutson led off the inning with a double to left, advanced to third on Kendal Weeks groundout to short before scoring on Logan Seymour’s RBI single that popped up off the third base bag. Seymour then advanced to third as Quillin smacked a single past the shortstop. Robinson followed with the Rattlers third consecutive hit of the inning to plate Seymour and cutting the JU lead to 4-3. With one out and runners on second and third, Ryan Kennedy brought home Quillin for the game-tying run with a sac fly to center. Gibbs then scored Robinson from second, on the fifth hit of the inning, to give the Rattlers their first lead of the game.
The Florida A&M offense continued with three straight hits to start the sixth inning, including two bunt singles, that loaded the bases for the Rattlers with no outs. Kennedy followed with a sac fly in foul territory, down the left line, to score Seymour in what turned out to be the final run of the game for FAMU and increased the lead to 6-4.
JU answered with their last run of the game in the seventh to cut the Florida A&M lead to 6-5 in what turned out to be the final score. The Dolphins stranded runners on the corners with two outs, but William Carrasco struckout Schaub looking at the plate to end the inning.
Jacksonville starter Will Flor (0-2) took the loss for the Dolphins after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Florida A&M continues its five-game home stand on Wednesday, April 9 against North Florida (15-17, 6-6 A-SUN) at 5:00 pm.