Tallahassee, Fl. (April 28th, 2018) – Coming off a tough loss to start the weekend series, Florida A&M looked to come back strong on Saturday.
Alabama State got an early 1-0 lead in the first as Gustavo Rios drove in Joseph Estrada with a single to left center.
Florida A&M took the lead with two runs in the second inning. Bret Maxwell advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ty Russ and scored on an error by the pitcher. John Capra then scored on a ground ball to shortstop by Octavien Moyer to make it a 2-1 game.
The Hornets regained the lead in the top of the third. Ray Hernandez scored from third base on a wild pitch, and Gustavo Rios later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Hunter Allen to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead.
FAMU answered quickly as Dallas Oliver scored on a wild pitch to tie the game a three runs a piece after three innings of play.
Gustavo Rios drove in Joseph Estrada with a base hit to shortstop in the top of the fourth. Cage Cox then drove in Ray Hernandez and Yamil Pagan with a single to give Alabama State a 6-3 lead after three and a half innings of play.
The Hornets extended the lead to 9-4 in the top of the fifth. Noel Cheneau scored on a passed ball and then Ray Hernandez drove in Joseph Estrada with a base hit to center. Gustavo Rios followed with another single to center, scoring Yamil Pagan.
Alabama State would go on to win by a final score of 9-4. Starting pitcher Dalton Wilder earned the win for the Hornets, going 6 innings while allowing four runs (none earned). Ivanniel Vazquez added 3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save.
Ryan Anderson suffered the loss (3-5) for the Rattlers, allowing six earned runs through 3.2 innings of work. Deven Shulstad finished the fourth inning and recorded the first two outs of the fifth before giving way to Jamie Grant. Jeremiah McCollum tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief, and Hunter Fillingim and Dylan Carlson each threw a scoreless frame of their own.
The loss puts FAMU at 19-24 on the season. The Rattlers will look to take game three from the Hornets on Sunday, April 28th at Moore-Kittles Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.