Desmond Russell went 1-1 off the mound Saturday against FAMU
TALLAHESSEE, Fla. – The Jackson State baseball team and the Florida A&M Rattlers squared off in non-conference double-header action Saturday at Moore-Kittles Field Saturday. The day turned out to be a long one for both teams as the both games of the twin bill went into extra innings.
The Tigers finished the day with a 5-2 record and FAMU posted a 3-4 mark.
FAMU claimed the opener 7-6 in 13 innings but the Tigers bounced back to win the nightcap 8-6 in 11 innings. The Rattlers won the first game when Jared Walker scored the game winning run in the 13th inning on a throwing error by Stephen Curtis. The Tigers trailed 6-2 through six innings. JSU scored three runs in the seventh inning to pull within a run. In the seventh, Fred Hampton doubled to get on base and scored on a Curtis RBI single. Curtis scored on an error and Bryce Taylor, who got on base via error, scored on an error.
The Tigers knotted the game at 6-6 in the ninth when Aneko Knowles scored on a Jovany Felipe single.
Desmond Russell (1-1) suffered the loss. In three innings of relief work he gave up four hits and a run, while striking out two batters. Taylor led JSU’s offensive efforts as he finished 3-5 with a run and one RBI.
JSU rallied to win the nightcap 8-6. The second game also went extra innings but this time JSU scored the final runs of the game. The Tigers scored two runs in the 11th when Nick Marigny scored on an error by the catcher and Russell scored on a Tilur Smith fly out to centerfield.
Russell, who went 5-5 at the plate with three runs, not only scored the game winning run, but also picked up his second win of the season. In relief work he gave up two hits and a run while striking out five batters. Taylor finished with two hits and a run for JSU and Charles Tillery went 1-1 with a RBI. Five different Tigers scored at least one run.
The two teams return to action Sunday at 1 p.m. for the final game in the three game series.