By Michael Morrell/Special to FAMU Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M (17-21, 10-7 MEAC) held Alabama State (28-15, 16-2 SWAC) scoreless over the final eight innings, for a final of 2-1, to complete the mid-week sweep on Thursday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field. The win marked the eighth victory of the season for the Rattlers by one run and FAMU has now won six of their last eight games.
Rattler starter Chase Jarrell (4-2) earned the win while pitching five innings and only allowing one unearned run with three strikeouts. David Duncan pitched the final four scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season.
Alabama State picked up an unearned run in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Cesar Rivera singled into right center and stole second before scoring on a throwing error by Robinson, who overthrew third basemen Ryan Kennedy, trying to catch Rivera at third.
The Rattlers scored all they needed for the win with a pair of runs in the third inning, in what proved to be the final score of 2-1. Logan Seymour drew a one out walk and stole second. As Seymour stole second, Hornet catcher Richard Gonzalez tried to throw him out but the ball sailed into center field advancing Seymour to third. Robinson followed with an RBI single to plate Seymour for Florida A&M’s first run of the game. Robinson was aggressive on the base paths stealing second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to setup what proved to be Gibbs game-winning RBI single.
Duncan came in in the sixth inning and pitched the rest of the way for FAMU. In the sixth, Duncan worked out of a bases loaded jam after two walks and a single from Richard Gonzalez. Dexter Price grounded out to third to end the inning, leaving the bases full for Alabama State.
The Hornets only had two hits over the final four innings.
Alabama State starter Michael Estevez (3-4) suffered the loss after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Estevez also struck out four and walked four Rattler batters.
Florida A&M is off over the Easter weekend, but next travels to face No. 18 Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday, April 23. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm and will be televised live on FOX Sports Florida.