Florida A&M Ben Ellzey Hits Walk-Off In 3-2 Rattlers Win

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ben Ellzey came through when the Rattlers needed him most. In a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Ellzey stroked a single to right field to score John Capra from second base, for a final score of 3-2, lifting Florida A&M (3-2) over George Washington (2-4) on Friday night at Moore-Kittles Field.

Cameron Johnson led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch and was replaced by pinch runner, Malachi Mitchell. Kaycee Reese then laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Mitchell into scoring position. Mitchell scored on an RBI single through the right side by John Capra, tying the game at two apiece. Capra advanced to second base on the throw to the plate, so George Washington elected to intentionally walk Brian Davis, placing runners on first and second with one out for Ellzey. Florida A&M stormed the field in celebration after Ellzey delivered the walk-off single, his third hit of the game.

Colonial pitchers Brady Renner and Jaret Edwards were effective through seven innings, limiting the Rattlers to five hits and no runs. FAMU scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning off George Washington reliever Eddie Muhl (0-1). Brian Davis led off with a walk, and Ellzey followed with a sharp single to right field. With runners on the corners, McDaniel hit a ground ball to second base to score Davis from third, making the score 2-1.

The Colonials scored the game’s first run on an RBI single off the bat of Mark Osis, bringing home Joey Bartosic, who led off the game with a double down the left field line.

Brandon Chapman added the second run of the game for George Washington on an RBI double down the left field line in the sixth inning off Florida A&M reliever Ty Russ, scoring Andrew Selby from second base and extending the Colonial lead to 2-0.

Rattler relievers Josh Wilson (2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K) and Jamie Grant (1.1 IP, W, 1 H, 0 R) pitched outstanding down the stretch, allowing the team to battle back for a comeback victory.

Starter JoJo Durden did not factor into the decision after throwing five innings, giving up five hits, one run and one walk with three strikeouts.

Ben Ellzey finished the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, extending his hitting streak to an impressive 26 games. John Capra and Willis McDaniel also added an RBI in the win.

Eddie Muhl (1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB) suffered the loss for George Washington.

Florida A&M and George Washington will play the second game of the three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 PM.

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