TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Jackson State baseball team fought hard against Florida A&M but was unable to pick up a game in doubleheader action Saturday afternoon.
JSU (31-14-1) fell 7-4 in game one against the Rattlers. Senior right-hand pitcher Jordan Bolden was credited with his third loss this season. The Madison, Miss. Native pitched 7.1 innings for 10 hits against, seven runs (two earned), and three walks. Mark Watson entered the game in the bottom of the eighth to relieve Bolden, pitching 0.2 innings with one walk.
Cornelius Copeland and Stephan Vidal led the Tiger offense at the plate. Copeland went 2-for-5 at the plate with two runners batted in and Vidal went 1-for-3 to also collect two RBIs.
In game two, JSU mounted a better defense against FAMU but was thwarted by a fifth inning Rattler comeback. In the 4-3 loss, Jonathan Aponte’s record fell to 6-2. The senior right hander pitched 4.2 innings with seven hits against, four earned runs, one walk, and three strikeouts. Jose Tirado took the mound in the bottom of the fifth to pitch 1.1 innings with two walks.
Sam Campbell and Stephan Vidal headed up the Tiger offense at the plate. Campbell went 2-for 3 at the plate and Vidal went 1-for3 with one run and one RBI.
The Tigers will be back on the diamond in the third and final game of the FAMU series on Sunday, April 30. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.