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David Duncan started on the mound for the Rattlers.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Rattlers Downed 6-3 By Wildcats In Final Game of Series
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 11) - Bethune-Cookman avoided the three-game sweep by the Florida A&M Baseball teams as the Wildcats defeated the Rattlers 6-3, here Sunday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.

FAMU (3-13, 2-1 MEAC) finished the game with eight hits as both Tyler Lawson and Corey Franklin finished with two hits apiece to lead the Rattlers.

B-CU (6-9, 1-2 MEAC) was paced by Juan Pizarro as he finished with two hits, while the Wildcats tallied six hits on the day.

Rayan Gonzalez (3-0) picked up the win for the Wildcats as he gave up seven hits, three earned runs and struck out five in the eight innings he spent on the mound for B-CU.  Anthony Stokes picked up his first save of the season, just giving up one hit and striking out one in one inning of work.

Thomas Barwick (0-3) received the loss for the Rattlers as he pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, giving up one hit, one earned run and striking out one.

FAMU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Tyler Lawson scored on a Jarryd Reid single.

FAMU would score two more runs as they picked up a run in the bottom of the second as Justin Abney scored on a Dylan West sacrifice fly to centerfield.  They added a run in the bottom of the third as Lawson scored on a Franklin single, giving the Rattlers a 3-0 lead after three complete inning of play.

B-CU scored two runs in the top of the seventh as Pizarro singled through the left side scoring both Stokes and Jordan Taylor, cutting FAMU's lead to 3-2.

The Wildcats would then tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth as Alejandro Sanchez scored on a Stokes sacrifice fly to right field. B-CU then took the lead and got the win in the top of the ninth as they scored three runs on three sacrifice flies scoring Piazarro, Carlos Delgado and Brandon Taylor, giving the Wildcats the 6-3 win.

FAMU will return to action on Tuesday, March 13 as they will host Southwestern Athletic Conference member Alabama State at Moore-Kittles Field at 6 p.m.

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