By Ty’Rique Sims Athletic Communications Coordinator FAMU,
ATLANTA, Ga. —Senior Janmikell Bastardo put together a brilliant showing at the plate Wednesday, hitting two home runs to help power the Florida A&M Rattlers past the Texas Southern Tigers 9-1.
Senior Hunter Viets (6-1) started on the mound and picked up the win for Florida A&M (25-27). The right-hander went seven shutout innings while giving up five hits, allowing no walks and striking out five. Senior Zach Morea also made an impact on the mound for the Rattlers, throwing one shutout inning while allowing no hits, with no walks and one strikeout.
Bastardo went 2-for-3 at the plate, supplementing his two home runs with four RBIs. Junior Adam Haidermota added to Bastardo’s awesome power-hitting performance by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI along with one walk. Senior Jared Weber also chipped in for the Rattlers, going 3-for-5 with a walk and an RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Rattlers put runs on the scoreboard first, starting the scoring in the fifth inning. Bastardo put Florida A&M on the board with a two-out solo home run off junior Abraham Deleon.
The Tigers failed to push any runs across before the Rattlers built on their lead in the seventh inning. Florida A&M managed to push across two runs in the inning, which brought the score to 3-0 in favor of the Rattlers.
Florida A&M kept Texas Southern without a run before building their lead to 7-0 the following inning. The Rattlers bats heated up in the inning, scoring four runs, including a three-run home run off the bat of Bastardo.
Florida A&M kept the Tigers without a run before their offense got things moving the next inning. The Rattlers picked up two runs off of Texas Southern pitching, punctuated by a run-scoring double off the bat of senior Ty Hanchey, bringing the score to 9-0 in favor of Florida A&M. Texas Southern put one run on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Rattlers still coasted to the 9-1 win.
» The Rattlers got two home runs off the bat of Bastardo.
» Weber compiled three base knocks in the game for Florida A&M.
» Viets struck out five Tigers hitters.
» The Rattlers power output was led by Bastardo, who picked up two extra base hits in the ballgame.
» Bastardo drove in four runs for Florida A&M.
» Every Florida A&M starter reached base safely in the win.
» Florida A&M’s highest scoring inning was the eighth, when it pushed four runs across.
» Viets put together seven innings of scoreless ball for the Rattlers.
» Four Rattlers had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» The Rattlers out-hit the Tigers at an 11-8 clip.
» Florida A&M pitchers limited Texas Southern to just 1-for-5 (.200) with runners in scoring position.
» Florida A&M pitchers faced 34 Texas Southern hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out seven.
» The Rattlers drew six walks from Texas Southern pitching.
» Bastardo led the Rattlers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI.
» Texas Southern was led offensively by junior C.J. Castillo, who went 2-for-4.
» Deleon led the Tigers pitching staff, throwing six innings of one-run ball.