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Weber homers in FAMU loss to Jackson State

Posted at 5:42 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 17:43:00-04

JACKSON, Ms. — Jared Weber continued to swing a hot bat as he homered and drove in three runs, but it wasn't enough as the Florida A&M University baseball team dropped the series finale to Jackson State, 12-6, on Sunday afternoon at Braddy Field.

Weber, who went 9-for-12 during the three-game series against Jackson State, belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning as Florida A&M (4-9) dropped its fourth straight game.

How It Happened

Much like Saturday's game, Florida A&M began the scoring in the top half of the first inning as the Rattlers took advantage of a pair of Jackson State errors.

Octavien Moyer singled to left with one out and advanced all the way to third on a pair of Jackson State errors. Jared Weber brought Moyer in on a base hit to right center to give FAMU the quick 1-0 lead.

Jackson State tied the game at 1 in the second as Chris Prentiss singled up the middle with one out and stole second. Jaylyn Turner hit a two-out base hit to center and advanced to second on the throw as Prentiss scored.

Florida A&M broke the 1-all tie in the third as Camden Hart walked to begin the inning and moved to second on a Seyjuan Lawrence single through the left side. Hart tagged and moved to third on Weber's deep fly ball to center and came across to score on a double steal attempt, giving the Rattlers the 2-1 lead.

The Tigers tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fourth as Prentiss led off the frame with a triple to right center and scored on a groundout by Jefrey Rodriguez.

Jackson State loaded the bases in the fifth and broke the game open with six runs on three hits and took advantage of one error to grab an 8-2 advantage.

Florida A&M closed the gap to 8-4 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.

Weber leadoff double down the left field line and came across to score on Tucker Rayburn's single to center. LJ Bryant drew a walk to move Rayburn to second and Dan Clancy bounced a two-out single over the third baseman and into left field, scoring Rayburn.

Back came Jackson State in the bottom of the frame with one run to push the lead to 9-4.

In the seventh, Weber crushed a one-out two-run bomb over the wall in left, cutting the deficit to 9-6.

Back came Jackson State in the bottom of the inning with three runs on three hits to extend the lead to 12-6.

Inside the Numbers

> Florida A&M finished with six runs on 10 hits, committed three errors and left seven on base

> Jared Weber paced the Rattlers at the plate by going 3-for-4, with three RBIs and two runs scored

> Seyjuan Lawrence also collected a pair of hits and scored once

> Conner Justin started on the hill and lasted 3.2 innings as he gave up two runs on seven hits, with one walk and one strikeout

> Morgan Mendez (0-1), Jeremiah McCollum, Grant Rowell and Chandellor Benton pitched in relief

> Jackson State finished with 12 runs on 15 hits, committed four errors and stranded nine on base

> Nikelle Galatas (2-0) earned the victory as he fanned 11 and walked two, while surrendering six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in seven innings pitched

> Devonte Rhodes worked the final two innings in relief

Up Next

Florida A&M concluded its four-game road swing and now returns home for a single game against Illinois State on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. from Moore-Kittles Field.