Game 1: Tallahassee, Fl. (April 21st, 2018) – Florida A&M hosted the Tigers of Savannah State University for a 1:00 PM double header on Saturday, looking to win their second series over the Tigers this season.
The Tigers struck first in this one thanks to a two-run homerun to left field by Freddie Landers in the top of the first inning, making it a 2-0 game.
They would add two more runs in the third. With runners on second and third, Bryce Luken grounded out to short stop to drive in Freddie Landers. Jalen Atterbury then singled to left field to drive in Kyle Gerdts, increasing the Tigers’ lead to 4-0.
Savannah State extended the lead by two runs in the top of the fourth. Freddie Landers drove in Noah Orlando and Garret Bogart with a base hit through the left side to make it a 6-1 game.
The Rattlers cut into the lead again in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Curtis drew a bases loaded walk to allow Bret Maxwell to score and Dallas Oliver was then hit by a pitch to score Kaycee Reese. Jacky Miles followed with a single to left field, driving in Octavien Moyer and Jordan Curtis to make the score 6-5 after four innings of play.
Turner Davis led off the Tigers’ half of the seventh with a double to right field and his pinch runner Mason Calloway later scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Marcus Mitchell then drove in Jalen Atterbury with a double to right center to give Savannah State an 8-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
Brian Davis led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and John Capra followed with a single of his own. Both runners later scored on a base hit up the middle by Willis McDaniel to make it an 8-7 game headed to the eighth.
The Rattlers would tie up the game at eight in the eighth inning thanks to a solo homerun to right field by Jordan Curtis.
Willis McDaniel ended the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off solo homerun down the left field line, as the Rattlers won by a final score of 9-8.
Chandellor Benton earned his third win of the year (3-1), throwing 2.2 innings of scoreless relief while striking out three. Starting pitcher Thomas Nicoll got a no-decision, striking out nine batters through 6.1 innings of work.
Paul Sheffield suffered the loss for Savannah State, allowing two earned runs in 2 innings of relief. Gregory Smith made a brief appearance out of the bullpen and starting pitcher Trevor McKenna allowed five earned runs through 6 innings.
Game 2: Tallahassee, Fl. (April 21st, 2018) – After a wild finish in game one, the Rattlers looked to sweep their double header with Savannah State in game two.
The Rattlers drew first blood in game two, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Willis McDaniel picked up where he left off, driving in Dallas Oliver with a single through the right side. Jacky Miles then scored on a wild pitch to give FAMU an early 2-0 lead.
Savannah State tied up the game with two runs of their own in the top of the second. Larry Simon drove in Marcus Mitchell and Juan Lugo with a base hit to center field, making it a 2-2 game going into the bottom of the second.
FAMU regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third. Willis McDaniel picked up his second and third RBIs of the game, driving in Jacky Miles with his second homerun in as many games, making it a 4-2 game after three innings.
The Rattlers extended their lead in the fourth, as Jordan Curtis reached on a throwing error by the second baseman, allowing Kaycee Reese to score from second to make it a 5-2 lead after four innings of play.
Florida A&M held onto this lead to win by a final score of 5-2. Starter Ryan Anderson got his third win of the season (3-4), going 6.2 innings and allowing only two runs. Dylan Carlson earned his fourth save of the season after recording the final out of the game.
The wins put FAMU at 18-22 on the season and 11-5 in MEAC play, taking over sole possession of 1st place in the Southern Division of the MEAC. The Rattlers will look to sweep the series on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM back at Moore-Kittles Field.