Florida A&M bows to #10 UConn in NCAAs

A memorable season comes to an end for FAMU.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —Senior Ty Hancheyrecorded two extra base hits, but the Florida A&M Rattlers fell to the No. 10 UConn Huskies 9-6 Saturday.

Senior Zach Morea (4-4) came out of the bullpen for Florida A&M (29-30) and took the loss.

Hanchey’s two extra base hits were the highlight of a 2-for-4 day, and included a double, a home run and an RBI. Senior Jared Weber compiled a noteworthy day at the dish as well, going 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI. Senior Janmikell Bastardo also contributed for the Rattlers, putting together one hit in four trips to the plate while adding a home run and an RBI.


The Rattlers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Weber put Florida A&M on the board with a two-out solo home run off sophomore Thomas Ellisen.

The Huskies then tied the ballgame at one before the Rattlers came back to reclaim their advantage in the third inning. Florida A&M picked up a run on Hanchey’s two-out solo home run off of Ellisen, which brought the Rattlers lead to 2-1.

Florida A&M’s lead had evaporated once the fourth inning arrived and turned into a 4-2 UConn advantage, when the Rattlers cut that deficit to 4-3. The Rattlers scored a run on Bastardo’s one-out solo home run off sophomore Joe Carrea.

The Huskies expanded their lead to 5-3 before the Florida A&M offense got back to work, evening it up in the fifth. Sophomore Jalen Niles and junior Ty Jackson each scored a run for the Rattlers in the inning, tying the score at 5-5.

UConn then broke up that tie and took an 8-5 lead heading into the eighth, when the Rattlers narrowed the gap to 8-6. Florida A&M picked up a run on freshman Joseph Pierini’s two-out solo home run off of senior Devin Kirby. The Rattlers were unable to get any closer, as UConn added one run to their tally on the way to a 9-6 final.

» Florida A&M’s power output was led by Hanchey, who picked up two extra base hits in the ballgame.
» Florida A&M’s highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed two runs across.
» The Rattlers took UConn pitchers deep four times on Saturday.
» Florida A&M pitchers faced 47 UConn hitters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and 13 fly balls while striking out six.
» Hanchey led the Rattlers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI.
» UConn was led offensively by senior Ben Huber, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI.
» Senior Justin Willis led the Huskies pitching staff, throwing one shutout inning.

Florida A&M bows to #10 UConn in NCAAs
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