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Rattlers fall at top-ranked Florida

FAMU Baseball
Posted at 11:44 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 23:44:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Kyle Coleman surrendered five runs, two via the long ball, as the Florida A&M University offense could not get anything going in a 5-0 loss to top-ranked Florida on Wednesday night at Alfred A McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.

Florida A&M (4-6), which saw its three-game win streak snapped, finished with three hits stranded five runners. Meanwhile, Florida (13-0) remained undefeated to begin the season and pouned out nine hits, including five extra-base hits.

How It Happened
Florida pushed across a run in the bottom of the second as Jacob Young led off the frame with a double and came across to score on a two-out base hit to left by Josh Rivera.

Florida added another run in the third as Jud Fabian, who was robbed of a leadoff homer in the first inning by Seyjuan Lawrence, reached on an error and scored on a Jordan Butler double down the right field line, extended the Gators advantage to 2-0.

The Gators put the game out of reach with three runs in the fifth.

Nathan Hickey led off the frame with a towering homer of the scoreboard in right and Jordan Butler belted a two-run homer just inside the right field foul pole, chasing starter Kyle Coleman, as Florida pushed the margin to 5-0.

Inside the Numbers

  • Florida A&M finished with three hits and left five on base
  • Tristen Cooper, Brad Hession and Grant Rowell each recorded one hit
  • Kyle Coleman (1-1) took the loss as he gave up five on eight hits and fanned six in 4.2 innings
  • Zach Morea, Kelyn Fox, Morgan Mendez and Chandellor Benton worked in relief
  • Florida finished with five runs on nine hits and left six on base
  • Jordan Butler paced the Gators offense by going 2-for-4, with three RBIs and one run scored
  • Austin Langworth also collected two hits and scored one run
  • Tyler Nesbitt (1-0) earned the win as he surrendered just one hit, struck out eight and walked one in four innings
  • Justin Alintoff, Brandon Sproat and Ryan Cabarcas pitched in relief

News and Notes

  • Florida came into the game as the top-ranked team in the country
  • The Gators own the all-time series lead 22-1
  • Florida is off the best start in school history, surpassing the previous mark held in 1989 and 2002
  • The Rattlers were seeking their second win in the series – the lone victory came in 2014
  • Florida A&M is off to its best 10-game start since the 2018 season, ironically, starting the season 4-6