TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – North Carolina A&T baseball had a setback on Sunday as the Florida A&M Rattlers avoided being swept by the Aggies with a 9-0 win at FAMU Park Sunday.
N.C. A&T won the first game of the series on Friday and were dominant against the Rattlers on Saturday, but the Rattlers had an answer in the third game of the series as they pounded out 13 hits and benefited from four N.C. A&T errors.
On the upside for N.C. A&T (18-14, 8-4 MEAC) was senior Jason King who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-4 performance. The Aggies also remain in first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division.
All-MEAC junior RHP Michael Johnson had one of the worst first innings of his outstanding career. He gave up five runs on seven hits and the inning started off wrong with an error. Johnson recovered in the second inning by retiring the Rattlers (12-22, 5-7 MEAC) in order, but a third-inning home run by Kaycee Reese gave FAMU a 6-0 lead.
An RBI single by Tuck Rayburn in the fourth inning ended Johnson’s day at 3 2/3 innings. Johnson struck out four over 89 pitches thrown. LHP Ethan Chavis went the rest of the way for N.C. A&T pitching 4 1/3 innings with a strikeout. FAMU starter Josh Hancock pitched a complete-game five-hitter to improve to 3-3 on the season. Johnson dropped to 4-3.
The Aggies will return to action 6 p.m., Wednesday when they host USC Upstate at War Memorial Stadium.