BY MIKE MORRELL
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Florida A&M’s (11-19, 8-6) late inning rally falls short against Bethune-Cookman as the Rattlers fall 4-2 in Sunday’s finale at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. FAMU scored two runs and left two on in the eighth to end the rally.
David Duncan (2-3) took the loss for the Rattlers, giving up three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Brandon Fleming and John Marcus Roberts combined to only give up one unearned run on two hits over the final 3.2 innings.
Bethune scored quickly as the Wildcats Eric Sams hit a solo home run to straight-away center on the first pitch of the game for an early 1-0 lead.
B-CU increased its lead to 2-0 in the second inning off of Zach Olszewski’s RBI single back up the middle to plate Josh Johnson.
The Rattlers missed out on a scoring chance in the top of the fourth inning after working the bases loaded with one out. Bennie Robinson singled to second base, Ryan Kennedy walked and Marlon Gibbs was hit-by-pitch with one out before Devin Perry struck out looking and Kendal Weeks grounded out to second with the bags full to end the inning.
Durapau earns win
Bethune-Cookman loaded the bases twice in the fifth but only managed one run on Matt Noble’s RBI single to left and added a run in the sixth inning making the score 4-0.
Florida A&M cut the Wildcats’ lead in half, by a score of 4-2, with a pair of runs on four hits in the eighth inning. Blake Quillan led off the inning with a triple to left center and scored FAMU’s first run of the game on Robinson’s RBI single.
After moving up to second on a groundout, Robinson came around to score on Gibbs’ bloop, two-out, RBI single into right field to end the Rattler scoring.
B-CU’s starter Montana Durapau (7-0) earned the win for the Wildcats. Durapau went 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.