Florida A&M Hosts Jackson State for Three-Game Set

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After taking this week off to focus on final exams, the Florida A&M Baseball team (21-18, 11-7 MEAC) is set to host Jackson State (31-12-1) for a three-game set this weekend at Moore-Kittles Field. The two teams will square off in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM, while the series finale on Sunday will also start at 1:00 PM.

The Rattlers enter the weekend coming off a series victory against Savannah State last week. The series win improved the Rattlers to 11-7 in the MEAC Southern Division, good for second place, trailing only North Carolina A&T. Florida A&M has lost just three weekend series all season.

Florida A&M will feature the same pitching rotation as last weekend as Ryan Anderson (2-2, 3.38 ERA) and Aubrey McCarty (4-3, 4.76 ERA) will split the doubleheader on Saturday, while JoJo Durden (2-4, 4.09 ERA) will take the hill on Sunday. Anderson is coming off another outstanding start. The junior set a career high with eight innings pitched last weekend in a complete game, mercy rule win over Savannah State.

Jackson State’s starting pitchers will consist of Miguel Yrigoyen (7-2, 2.79 ERA), Jonathan Aponte (6-1, 3.06 ERA), and Jordan Bolden (7-2, 3.50 ERA).

FAMU’s pitching staff will face a tall task in trying to limit the Tigers’ offense. Jackson State is currently ranked high nationally in multiple offensive categories including: batting average (3rd), runs scored (1st), hits (12th), stolen bases (1st), and on-base percentage (1st). Eight of Jackson State’s regular starters are hitting over .300, and six starters have double-digit stolen bases.

Dallas Oliver, a junior from Chipley, FL, will look to stay hot this weekend and help lead the Rattlers’ offense. Oliver carries a seven-game hitting streak into this weekend’s contests and has six multi-hit performances in his last nine games. In those nine games, Oliver has raised his batting average from .274 to a team leading .343.

FAMU will need to clean up things defensively in order to be successful against such a strong offensive Jackson State team. The Rattlers committed 10 errors last weekend in three games against Savannah State and are currently ranked 288th out of 295 Division I baseball teams in fielding percentage.

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