Tallahassee, FL (March 2nd, 2018) – Coming off a big win on the road against FIU, Florida A&M began a nine-game homestand against the Bears of Brown University, who made the trip down to Tallahassee for their first games of the season.
After four scoreless innings for both teams, the Rattlers jumped ahead in the fifth inning. John Capra reached base on a fielder’s choice before getting into scoring position on a wild pitch. Dallas Oliver delivered with a single to the left side, driving in Capra to make it a 1-0 game after five innings of play.
Brown answered in the top of the sixth. Cameron Deere led off the inning with a single before scoring on a single to the left side by Garett Delano, who advanced to second base on a throwing error on the play. Delano tagged up to third base on a fly ball to center field by Rich Ciufo, and then scored on a single by Mark Sluys.
The Rattlers quickly tied it up in the bottom of the sixth. Octavien Moyer doubled down the left field line, and was then driven in by a Kaycee Reese single, making it a 2-2 game going into the seventh.
The game would not remained tied for long, as a Sam Grigo solo homerun to right center would put Brown ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning.
Grigo hit his second solo homerun of the day in the top of the ninth inning to give Brown a 4-2 lead. The Bears were not done there, as Willy Homza doubled down the left field line, and then scored on a single up the middle by Brennan Vazquez, making it a 5-2 game. Brown would hold the Rattlers scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to win the game by a final score of 5-2.
Brown starting pitcher Reid Anderson went 6 strong innings, allowing two earned runs, getting the win for the Bears. He was relieved by Grant Greeno, who threw two scoreless innings. Bobby Leyman got the save for Brown, holding the Rattlers scoreless in the ninth inning.
A solid start for Florida A&M starting pitcher Chandellor Benton earned him a no-decision. Benton went 5.1 innings, giving up only one earned run while striking out three. Jamie Grant got the loss for the Rattlers, giving up one earned run in 1.1 innings, before Deven Shulstad came in to close out the seventh inning. Ryan Anderson also threw 2 innings of relief, allowing 2 earned runs.
The Rattlers will face off with Brown University again on Saturday, March 3rd, at 1:00 PM for the first game of a double header at Moore-Kittles Field.