Natasha Howard Selected Fifth by the Indiana Fever

Former Florida State forward becomes the highest WNBA Draft selection in school history

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Former Florida State women’s basketball playerNatasha Howard made school history on Monday night, being selected fifth by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm.

Howard’s pro selection makes her the highest WNBA Draft pick in FSU Women’s Basketball history, surpassing former player Jacinta Monroe’s sixth overall selection by the Washington Mystics in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft. Howard, a Toledo, Ohio, native, is the ninth Seminole to earn a selection in the WNBA Draft.

Howard is the first FSU player to be selected by the Indiana Fever. She is projected to be a multi-dimensional force who can continue to expand her game. As a Seminole, Howard has shown her ability to have good range from the floor, knocking down 25 3-pointers before she suited her game in the low post in her junior and senior years. She has earned praise for her overall versatility, finishing smoothly around the rim and having a consistent touch from mid-range.

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Rattler Tennis Teams Prepare For MEAC Tournament

Rattlers to face Hampton, while the Lady Rattlers duel with Morgan State in Thursday’s opening round
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NORFOLK, Va., (April 14)  – On Monday afternoon, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the seedings for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships, set for Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina.
Both Florida A&M University teams made the tournament field from the Southern Division, and both will be seeded third in the championship event.
The FAMU Men (9-13, 2-2 in MEAC) will face Northern No. 2 seed Hampton University, in Thursday’s opening round.
Dr. Carl Goodman’s Rattler Men struggled some this season with a roster full of first-year players, led by the trio of Carols Agus Waitman (13-6), Admire Mushonga (12-8) and Zach Evenden (10-9), who turned in the top records in singles’ play this spring.
Meanwhile, the FAMU Women (6-13, 4-2 in MEAC), who will square off against Northern No. 2 Morgan State in Thursday’s opening round, also had their ups and downs this season, with one of the highlights being a four-match win streak at midseason which aided their Top Four divisional finish.

FAMU Baseball Falls 11-4 at Central Florida

By Michael Morrell/Special to FAMU Athletics

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 ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida A&M (15-21, 10-7 MEAC) rallied early but fell to UCF (23-15, 10-2 AAC) 11-4 in a mid-week game at the UCF Baseball Complex in Orlando. Bennie Robinson went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Rattler offense while Matthew Schaeffer (0-2) suffered the loss.

Schaeffer started and pitched three innings, giving up six runs with three walks and one strikeout. Ryan Hutson also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The Knights opened the game with three straight hits including a three-run home run from James Vasquez for the quick 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Florida A&M continued its recent trend of scoring with two outs with a pair of runs in the second inning, making the score 3-2. Hutson’s two-out RBI double scored Kendal Weeks from first and Logan Seymour followed with an RBI single to plate Hutson for the second run of the inning.

The Rattlers tied the game at 3-3 on Ryan Kennedy’s sac fly in the third. Robinson led off the third for FAMU with a single to right. After stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by the Central Florida catcher, Kennedy’s sac fly brought home Robinson for the tying run.

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TCC’s Quincy Nieporte named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 15, 2014) – The Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), on Tuesday, named Tallahassee Community College first baseman/catcher Quincy Nieporte the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Baseball Player of the Week for games April 7-13.


Nieporte, a freshman from Atlanta, Ga., batted .714 (10-for-14) with one home run and nine RBI in four games during the voting period.


Nieporte’s week began at Gulf Coast State College on April 8 and, despite flying out in his only official at-bat, he walked twice and drove in a run on a sac-fly.


In two games against Pensacola State College, he went a combined 8-for-9, including a 5-for-5 game in the series finale. In the Eagles’ 14-4 win on April 11, he drove in seven runs and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

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FSU Defeats Jacksonville, 6-1

Billy Strode goes six strong innings in his second start of the season.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a pair of three-hit performances from Josh Delph and Danny De La Calle, fifth-ranked Florida State (28-8) defeated Jacksonville (12-24) 6-1 Tuesdayevening on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium to sweep the regular season series from the Dolphins.


The Seminoles scored all six runs after the fifth inning to secure their ninth straight victory over the Dolphins including their fifth in row over JU at home.


Delph registered three hits for the second straight game, while De La Calle recorded his first three-hit game as a Seminole. Jose Brizuela went 2-for-4 in the win as he drove in a game-high two runs.


“Danny De La Calle is very important to our ball club,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “We all know that Danny’s been struggling offensively. Meat has been spending a lot of extra time with him. He is starting to see the ball better. It was a big night for him and we are just hoping that he continues to work and get better offensively. Josh Delph is a guy that is a pretty darn good leadoff hitter. He is a tough out; three hits tonight, that is pretty impressive.”

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Eagles strengthen grip on first place with sweep of Gulf Coast State

 Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (March 23, 2014) – Tallahassee Community College continued its impressive start to the Panhandle Conference softball season on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader from defending league champion Gulf Coast State College, 4-1 and 8-0.

With one round of conference play in the books, Tallahassee (23-8) sits atop the league standings at 7-1, three games ahead of Gulf Coast State (22-19, 4-4) and the Eagles’ next opponent, Northwest Florida State College (4-4). Chipola College can join the teams at 4-4 with a game two win over Pensacola State College on Sunday evening.

In the opener, the Eagles’ overcame a slow start offensively to score the 4-1 win.

Trailing 1-0 and hitless through four innings, Tallahassee’s bats woke up in the fifth.

Alexis Huss broke up Haley Elver’s no-hit bid with a double and scored the tying run on Marina Cobbs’ single.

An inning later, the Eagles plated three more runs that provided the final margin of victory.

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Eagles avoid the sweep, down Chipola 7-4

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MARIANNA, Fla. (March 22, 2014) – Needing a win to avoid a three-game sweep against FCSAA No. 2/NJCAA No. 8 Chipola College, FCSAA No. 1/NJCAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College did just that on Saturday, defeating the Indians, 7-4, in Panhandle Conference baseball action.

Tallahassee (31-8) is now 3-3 in PC play, one game behind Chipola (25-7), who dropped to 4-2. Northwest Florida State College, the Eagles’ next opponent, is 3-0 after completing a sweep of Pensacola State College (1-5) on Saturday.

As Saturday’s game neared the halfway point, an Indians sweep was looking like a possibility. Chipola led 3-1, and Tallahassee had managed only one hit through four innings.

Adonis Hernandez, who pitched three shutout innings in Chipola’s game one victory on Wednesday, took over for starter Palmer Betts after just 0.1 innings and promptly retired the first 11 batters he faced.

Things changed abruptly in the fifth once leadoff batter Cody Borup reached on a throwing error by second baseman Cody Lanford.

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O’Brien Rewrites Record Books As FSU Takes Two

The junior shortstop now owns the marks for most career home runs (30) and most RBI in a single season (57).

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. - On a blustery and occasionally rainy afternoon in Smithfield, R.I., the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (29-4, 8-2 ACC) defeated Boston College (14-9, 2-3 ACC) in both games of a doubleheader by identical 5-1 scores. Both games were held at Conaty Park on the campus of Bryant University.

“Playing in games like this teaches us how to play through adversity. We are on the road, it was cold, rainy and very windy and we were able to fight through it and play for each other to go out and get some big ACC wins. We made some great defensive plays and did a great job of taking advantage of our opportunities at the plate. I am proud of the way they played like a family today.”

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Seminoles Knock Down Demon Deacons, Rattlers

Florida State upsets the No. 18 team in the nation.

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March 23, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The No. 41 Florida State men’s tennis team closed out the weekend with a 4-3 upset over No. 18 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon. In the evening, the Seminoles swept the Rattlers 7-0 and are now 15-5 on the season with a 3-1 conference record.


“Wake Forest was probably the best win of the year for us,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It was a great weekend with us going 3-0 and it now gives us several solid conference wins. We have a lot to look forward to now with a very tough weekend coming up.”


After losing an abnormal five straight doubles points in a row this year, the Seminoles were back in form by winning all six doubles matches Sunday.


Beginning the day at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against Wake Forest, No. 41Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis topped Jon Ho and Adam Lee 8-3 on court one.Grayson Goldin and Michael Rinaldi followed up with an 8-6 win over Aws Laaribi and Anthony Delcore on court three. On court two, Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and Marco Nunez upset the No. 58 duo of Romain Bogaerts and Maksim Kan 8-7 (5) to close out doubles.

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Seminoles Take on No. 2 Seed Stanford on Monday

Tenth-seeded Seminole Women’s Hoops faces the second-seeded Cardinal in Ames, Iowa, in the NCAA Second Round at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT

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AMES, Iowa (seminoles.com) – The 10th-seeded Florida State women’s basketball team faces No. 2 seed Stanford on Monday, March 24, in an NCAA Second Round matchup at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 at the Hilton Coliseum.

Once again, Florida State’s NCAA Tournament contest will feature the broadcast duo of Clay Matvick (PXP) and Fran Fraschilla (Color analysis) on ESPN2. Viewers in Florida, California and Iowa can watch the game on ESPN2, while those in the other 47 states and worldwide can access the game on ESPN3.com or through the WatchESPN app. For those not in Iowa, California or Florida, ESPN2 will provide whip-around coverage should the FSU-Stanford game not be in the local market.

Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will also be available to call the action on WNLS 1270-AM and via Seminoles.com.

Monday’s game is a bit of déjà vu for the FSU women’s basketball program. The last time Stanford and FSU faced was in the 2007 NCAA Second Round in Palo Alto, Calif., when the 10th-sedded `Noles knocked off second-seeded Stanford, 68-61, to advance to the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16. FSU leads the all-time series between the two schools, 2-1.

“Stanford is just a tremendous program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It is amazing what (head coach) Tara (VanDerveer) has done there. She has built one of the best programs in basketball. We know that Monday is going to be a good battle and we’re excited for the challenge. Stanford poses a lot of problems for any team but we feel our zone defense can create problems as well and hopefully it will do that on Monday.”

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FSU Sweeps DH Takes Series At Clemson

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CLEMSON, S.C. - Top-ranked Florida State (19-4, 7-2) erased a three-run deficit to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader and take the series from No. 13 Clemson (14-9, 6-3) as the Seminoles defeated the Tigers 4-3 inside Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

“A tremendous victory by our ball club tonight,” Florida State head coach Mike Martinsaid. “To come in and get one win at Clemson is never easy but to get two in the same day; that just shows you what kind of team we have. These guys kept their poise and never gave up. A great road series win by our guys, I am very proud of them.”

The two wins on Saturday vaulted the Seminoles into sole possession of first place in the ACC Atlantic Division with a one-game lead over the Tigers. It also marked FSU’s first series victory at Clemson since sweeping the Tigers in 2008.

“This was very difficult,” said senior captain Justin Gonzalez. “In an environment like this, we have so much respect for their fans. They were in it with their team the entire way, so for us to come through here with a series victory is huge. We just have to keep it rolling.”

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, Florida State scored three runs to grab its first lead of the night. Justin Gonzalez got the ball rolling with a solo shot to left for his first home run of the season. DJ Stewart then doubled down the line in left and John Nogowski followed with a walk. Jose Brizuela tied the game at 3-3 taking a 1-2 offering from Clate Schmidt (2-4) right back up the middle for an RBI single to plate Stewart.

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Lady Rattler Run Falls Short In MEAC Title Game

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Mar. 23) – The FAMU Lady Rattlers mounted a run in the MEAC Bowling Championship that put them in position to unseat the MEAC champion UMES Hawks, but a tiebreaker frame would give the Hawks the opportunity to prevail with their seventh MEAC Bowling title at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake.

The Rattlers fought from the loser’s bracket to win the opportunity to face the North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies this morning, shutting them out 4-0, to earn the bid to play for the title.

With UMES sitting in the winner’s bracket, FAMU had a tall order to defeat the Hawks twice consecutively to win the championship.  They took care of the first game, defeating UMES 4-3, after falling behind 3-1.  With games of 191-183, 211-165 and 205-181 the Rattlers set up a winner-take-all showdown for the MEAC crown.

In the championship match, it was a wide open contest.  Florida A&M opened the deciding best-of-seven series with 160-149 and 210-152 wins. Maryland Eastern Shore bounced back with 170-153 and 218-198 victories to even the match at 2. Florida A&M won game five and UMES took game six, setting up the deciding seventh game. Continue reading

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