The Florida A&M softball team hosted a doubleheader against Troy University on Wednesday. Nearly 120 Rattler fans crowded the stands of the Lady Rattler Softball Complex, only to watch their team get swept in the first home game of the season.
The first game was a low scoring match, but had a ton of great moments. Troy University started off early and found a way to put points on the board. The score remained 1-3 between the second and fifth inning. The Rattlers were down by one, but scored late in the seventh inning making the score 2-3.
The Trojans won, but knew the Rattlers were coming back in the second game ready for redemption. Although falling short by a point, both teams had competitors.
A key player, Kyaria Brown made her presence known, performing well on both sides of the field. She silenced batters from the opposing teams in the sixth inning with her unique pitching styles. She is a junior from right here in the city of Tallahassee. Shakayla Nixon also helped moved her team along with vital saves in the outfield.
The last time FAMU played the Troy Trojans was in 2018 in yet another double-header. That game ended in a split-decision.
Each team put their game faces on as the first inning in game two was about to start. FAMU started at bat first and came with a lot of energy. The Rattlers got a run early in the first, but the Trojans still had none.
The second inning was tightly contested, but Troy managed to even up the score. The score remained tied at 1-1 until the top of the 5th inning, when the Trojans pulled away scoring 4 runs, including a homerun. The Rattlers tried to clap back with a run late in the 5th making the score 2-5.
The Trojans were not letting up, and continued to control the flow of the game. They finished on top winning the game 8-2.
The Rattlers did not hang their heads, but started to get prepared for their next opponent. Feb. 22 they will be battling in the UF Softball Tournament in Gainesville, Fl. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM.