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Rattlers drop series finale

Posted at 7:26 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 19:26:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. — Octavien Moyer belted a solo home run in the first inning, but it wasn't enough as the Florida A&M University baseball team concluded its three-game series with Eastern Illinois with a 5-3 loss on Sunday at Moore-Kittles Field.

The Rattlers (1-5) committed a pair of errors, but could not get a timely hit as Florida A&M stranded 15 on base.

How It Happened
Florida A&M began the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as Octavien Moyer belted a 1-1 pitch deep over the wall in left, giving the Rattlers the 1-0 lead.

Eastern Illinois (3-3) answered with four runs on four hits in the top of the third to grab a 4-1 advantage.

The Panthers extended the lead to 5-1 with a run in the fourth, but the Rattlers answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.

Tristen Cooper opened the inning with a double to left and moved to third on a balk. Brad Hession singled to right, plating Cooper from third and closing the gap to 5-2.

The Rattlers added another run in the sixth.

With one down, Ryan Coscarella walked and after a pitching change, moved to second on a ground out by Seyjuan Lawrence. Moyer reached on an error, allowing Coscarella to score as FAMU cut the deficit to 5-3.

Florida A&M had two runs on base in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but could not get a timely hit as the Rattlers dropped their fifth straight.

Inside the Numbers
> Florida A&M finished with three runs on eight hits, committed a pair of errors and stranded 15 on base
> Jared Weber led the Rattlers at the plate with a pair of hits
> Octavien Moyer belted a solo homer in the first inning, while Tucker Rayburn, Tristen Cooper, Brad Hession and Cirr-Nicholas Bohannon each registered one hit
> Josh Hancock (1-1) took the loss in 2.2 innings pitched. He surrendered four runs on six hits, fanned four and walked a pair
> Zach Morea, Morgan Mendez and Jeremiah McCollum worked in relief
> Eastern Illinois finished with five runs on 11 hits, committed one error and left 15 on base
> Dane Topple recorded three hits, while Trey Sweeney added two
> Foster Anshutz started on the hill and lasted just 0.2 of an inning as he gave up one run on two hits, walked two and struck out one
> Jesse Wainscott (1-0), Blayke Cutts, Jason DeCicco and Trevor Nicholson pitched in relief
> Jesse Wainscott earned the win as he surrendered two runs (one earned) on four hits, fanned six and walked a pair in 4.2 innings
> Trevor Nicholson worked the ninth to earn his first save

Up Next
Florida A&M will play its lone mid-week game on Tuesday as the Rattlers visit No. 2 Florida. First pitch from Alfred A. McKethan Stadium is set for 6 p.m. and will be streamed live on the SEC Network+.