Alcorn Uses Late Inning Rallies To Upend Florida A&M, 5-4

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Alcorn State University baseball program trailed for a majority of the contest before using four runs over the final three innings to claim a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Rattlers on Friday evening.

Senior Carlos Lopez tossed 7.2 strong innings, setting down 11 Rattlers batters while allowing four runs on seven hits. Lopez is now only seven strikeouts behind Andre Credit for fourth place on Alcorn’s all-time strikeout leaderboard.

Freshman Tristin Garcia came away with his first career multi-hit performance, reaching base a total of three times and driving in his first RBI of 2019. Junior Austin Atwoodnotched his first win of the year as he recorded the final four outs while punching out three of the five hitters faced.

Three batters into the game, Alcorn was able to draw first blood, as senior Kirt Cormier picked up his fourth RBI of the campaign on an error by the FAMU first baseman, scoring junior Jordan McGowan. Lopez stepped on the mound with a nasty repertoire, striking out two Rattlers swinging and preserving a 1-0 lead in the first.

Lopez was sailing along through the first two innings before Florida A&M was able to get some good at-bats. A double to lead off the third for the orange and green accompanied by two RBI singles saw the home nine jump ahead 2-1 after three innings of play. Both pitchers dominated the next three innings as neither side could muster any offense until FAMU’s Kaycee Reese drove in Wil McDaniel with a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth as the Rattlers widened the gap to 3-1.

With a man on second and two outs in the seventh, Alcorn received new life as a strikeout got past the catcher to give the purple and gold extra outs. The Braves would take advantage of the golden opportunity as Tristin Garcia laced a single to plate fellow freshman Jaden Smith before a bases loaded walk by junior Travaris Cole knotted the proceedings at three apiece. Florida A&M threatened to take the lead once again in the bottom half with runners on first and second, but Lopez escaped the jam by striking out Wil McDaniel for his tenth strikeout of the contest.

After back-to-back Braves went down on strikes to begin the eighth, three consecutive singles by Jaden Smith, sophomore Andrew Meadows and Jordan McGowan gave Alcorn its first lead of the ballgame at 4-3. The Rattlers would answer the ball themselves, Sey Lawrence singled in Coscarella to tie things up once again at four heading into the ninth.

Cormier started off the top of the ninth reaching on a FAMU miscue and moving all the way to third base courtesy of two passed balls. With one out and Cormier on third, senior Brandon Barna hit a slow roller to first base to earn himself the game-winning RBI. Atwood, who had come in the inning prior, retired the side in order to earn the Braves’ second victory.

Austin Atwood (1-0) got the win, giving up no runs and just one hit while striking out three. McGowan, Garcia, Cormier, Cole and Barna all brought across an RBI each.

Alcorn baseball will take part in its first doubleheader of the new year tomorrow with the first game slated for a noon start at Moore-Kittles Field.

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