Florida A&M Rattlers Sweep Series With 3rd Walk-Off Win

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the third time in three games, Florida A&M (5-2) won in walk-off fashion, beating George Washington (2-6) by a score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field. On a day where the Rattlers couldn’t get much going at the plate they still found a way to win in extra innings to sweep the weekend series from the Colonials.

With two outs and a runner on third base, the Colonial second baseman let a ground ball off the bat of John Capra go between his legs to score the game winning run. Dallas Oliver led off the bottom of the tenth inning with a walk, and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Russell Rauh. After a Kaycee Reese groundout, Oliver advanced to third for John Capra, who’s ground ball to second ended the game.

Pitching dominated the afternoon on both sides. FAMU starter Aubrey McCarty threw seven innings, allowing seven hits, one run, and one walk with two strikeouts, but did not factor into the decision. George Washington starter Robbie Metz (8.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) pitched great as well, but made a costly defensive mistake to end the game. Metz moved to second base after he was done pitching and committed the game-deciding error.

Florida A&M got another strong effort out of their bullpen from relievers Hunter Fillingim and Danny Rodriguez (1-0). Fillingim pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. Rodriguez earned the win after throwing a perfect inning and making a great play on a bunt in the top of the tenth to get the lead George Washington runner out at third base.

Florida A&M took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. After Willis McDaniel’s one out double to left center field, Garret Wilkinson lined an RBI single to center, scoring McDaniel for a 1-0 lead. Wilkinson’s hit was the only Rattler RBI of the day.

The Colonials answered back with a run of their own in the top of the third inning, tying the game at 1-1 on Robbie Metz’s RBI single.

The score would remain tied until the bottom of the tenth when the Rattlers delivered their third walk-off win of the weekend.

McDaniel led the way at the plate finishing with his third double of the season, a run scored and a walk. Ben Ellzey extended his hitting streak to 28 games with his single through the left side in the bottom of the ninth.

George Washington reliever Will Kobos (0-1) was tabbed with the loss after giving up one run on one walk in his only inning of work.

Florida A&M will host a midweek series against Mercer this Tuesday and Wednesday at Moore-Kittles field. Both games are scheduled for a 4:00 PM start time.

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