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David Duncan pitched seven solid innings for the Rattlers.
David Duncan pitched seven solid innings for the Rattlers.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Rattlers Drop Doubleheader To NCCU Eagles
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
TALLAHASSEE,FL (Mar.31) - The Florida A&M Rattlers (7-22, 3-5 MEAC) dropped two games to the North Carolina Central University Eagles (5-25, 5-6 MEAC), in MEAC action today at Moore-Kittles Field.

In the first game, the Eagles belted out 18 hits, which led to 18 runs for NCCU. The team effort came on the heels of 16 RBIs. Sam Fulmer got the win for the Eagles, going a complete nine innings on the mound. He gave up seven hits, one walk and struck out six.

The Rattlers were paced by Reginald Grant who got two hits in five at-bats. John Scott, Scott Sheplak, Cory Franklin and Ryan Sheplak each got one hit for the Rattlers. The Rattlers left 11 players on basein the game.

John Roberts took the loss on the mound for the Rattlers. He pitched four complete innings, allowing nine hits, five earned runs and struck out one. Christopher Priestly pitched three and two-thirds innings for FAMU, allowing four hits, seven runs, three walks and struck out two. Miles Williams pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs on three hits. Javon Williams finished the game, pitching two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits and one strike out.

The Rattlers allowed three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth. The door was officially closed in the ninth inning as they exploded for six runs. NCCU designated hitter Anthony Wilson hit a solo homer for the Eagles in the eighth inning.

Game two would be a pitcher's duel, as FAMU and NCCU would remain tied 2-2 at the end of the regulated seven innings. In the top of the eighth inning, the Rattlers would get two quick outs, leaving runners on second and third. A flyball hit to right field was mishandled by Reid, leading to two runs scored. From there the Eagles would rally for six runs in the top of the eighth inning, to put away the Rattlers who would only muster one run in response.

David Duncan pitched the full seven regulation innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits, allowed one was and struck out one batter for the Rattlers. Tony Covington came on in relief of Duncan, primarily because of Duncan's pitch count, not in lieu of his effectiveness. Covington was bombarded by the Eagles to the tune of four hits, resulting in six runs, with one walk. Stephen Dollar closed out the game for the Rattlers, pitching one-third of an inning. He allowed no runs and no hits. Covington took the loss for the Rattlers.

Glenn Frye tossed six and one-thirds innings agains the Rattlers. He was the Eagles' half of the solid pitching duel that went on for seven innings. Frye gave up six hits, two earned runs, had two walks and seven strikeouts. Gavin Guarrera got the win for the Eagles, pitching one and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and one run.

The Rattlers and Eagles will play the third game of the series on Sunday at 12 noon at Moore-Kittles Field.



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