Florida A&M had a pair of five-run innings to give themselves a 13-7 victory over the Prairie View A&M Panthers.
“We are excited about winning our first game of the season. Hopefully we can build upon this win and play a little better brand of baseball tomorrow. I was definitely encouraged by the fight our team showed, being down 7 to 5 in the seventh inning and coming back to win by six runs,” said head coach Jamey Shouppe.
LJ Bryant got things going for the Rattlers after going down 1-0. Bryant hit an RBI single to make it one all. A wild pitch by Prairie View’s Keanu Maldonado sent Adam Haidermota home to give the Rattlers a 2-1 lead. The Rattlers will score three more runs to end the third inning with a 5-1 lead.
Prairie View held the lead for three innings until the bats got going again for the Rattlers. Jared Weber hit an RBI single, bringing Haidermota home to make it a 6-7 ball game. Joseph Pierini hit an RBI ground ball with Weber and Bryant on base to put the Rattlers back on top 8-7. The Rattlers ended the inning with a 10-7 lead.
A solo-homer from Haidermota in the eighth inning and a pair of runs off errors in the ninth would set the final score.