TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In a battle of the top two teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division, Florida A&M used late-inning heroics to erase a five-run deficit and defeat North Carolina A&T 7-6 in game one of a four-game home stand on Friday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field.
FAMU improved to 19-27 overall and 13-8 in MEAC play, while NC A&T dropped to 17-30, 12-13 in the MEAC.
Freshman third baseman Adam Haidermota came through in the clutch for the Rattlers when he blasted the go-ahead, two-RBI double in the eighth inning to lift the Rattlers to victory. Haidermota (2-for-4) and LJ Bryant (2-for-3) led FAMU batters, both picking up two hits and driving in two runs apiece.
Zach Morea (4-1) picked up the win in relief, tossing 1.2 innings striking out two batters and allowing one run on three hits. Benjamin Krizen also had a phenomenal relief appearance, holding the Aggies to no runs on four hits while striking out three in 4.0 innings.
After the Rattlers found themselves behind 5-0 after 2.5 innings, FAMU responded with three runs in the bottom of the third. LJ Bryant got things started with a two-RBI single. One batter later, sophomore outfielder Jared Weber drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to cut the Aggies lead to 5-3 heading into the fourth inning.
The Aggies regained the lead when catcher Ryne Stanley hit a chopper between third base and short stop, putting NC A&T up 6-5.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs, Haidermota smacked the first pitch of his at-bat to deep left field, just over the outstretched left-fielders head for two-RBI double to put the Rattlers up for good, 7-6.
FAMU returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader versus NC A&T at Moore-Kittles Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.