Rattlers fall to Alabama State in two-game series


The baseball team played an out-of-conference, midweek two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Alabama State University Hornets.

In the first game, the Rattlers (3-37, 3-15 MEAC) had six hits, including one RBI by junior Bennie Robinson from Ocala, Fla.

Their first hit came in the fourth inning on Robinson’s single to left field. Junior infielder Sylvester Peck of Tallahassee added another single to left field, advancing Robinson to second before he was caught stealing to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, freshman outfielder Marlon Gibbs from Orange Park, Fla., singled to right center and advanced to second on a fielding error.

Reginald Grant, a senior utility player from Marietta, Ga., laid down a sacrificed bunt, advancing Gibbs to third.

Robinson followed Grant with a double to left center that plated Gibbs.

The Rattlers fell to the Hornets (24-17, 13-5 SWAC) 14-1. Jordan Montague, a freshman pitcher from Wakulla, Fla., threw 111 pitches in 5.2 innings, surrendering 16 hits.

In the series finale, the Hornets scored three runs off of three hits in the first inning in their 11-2 victory.

Aaron Smith, a senior pitcher from Tallahassee, singled to second base in the second inning for the Rattlers’ first hit.  

Freshman shortstop Kendal Weeks of Quincy, Fla., scored off an error.

Peter Jackson, a freshman outfielder from St. Louis, got the Rattlers’ final run in the third inning after a third error.

The Rattlers return to Moore-Kittles Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a two-game series against Mercer University.