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Eagles beat Rattlers in Preseason Tune-Up

Chrystal Fernandes, Correspondent (@CFernadesFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University baseball team (FAMU) took on the Tallahassee Community College Eagles (TCC) in their annual exhibition game to start off the season.  

With very few mistakes from the players, the Rattlers took a 4-0 lead.

“We had to keep going, and not think about it,”  TCC’s Kyle Bensen said.

 

In the next two innings, both teams had difficulty scoring due to all the mistakes being made. At the top of the third inning, the Eagles scored five runs to take the lead. 

At the top of the fifth inning, Bensen hit a two-run homerun, giving the Eagles a lead of 7-4.

“It was a great feeling,” Bensen said.

The Rattlers struggled to get a good hit off the bat or to catch any balls hit from the Eagles the rest of the way. The Eagles added another run to seal the game.

With a final score of 8-4, the Eagles took home a win giving them motivation for what this new season has in store.

Florida A&M defeats Savannah State in doubleheader

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M Rattlers (13-5, 4-1 MEAC) played against the Savannah State Tigers in a doubleheader on Saturday at Moore-Kittles Field.

In the first game, FAMU had four runs in the seventh inning and three in the eighth to secure a 7-5 victory.

Cameron Johnson for the Rattlers had two runs batted in and pitcher JoJo Durden recorded seven strikeouts in five-and-two-thirds innings.

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Sports Brief: Preview Florida A&M vs Savannah State

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M baseball team (11-5, 2-1 MEAC) will host a three-game homestand against Savannah State University beginning Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

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FAMU has won nine of their twelve home games this season and enters the series against SSU having lost against to Bethune-Cookman 1-5, and Jacksonville 5-12.

Savannah State (9-8) enters the series having defeated Mount St. Mary’s last weekend, by scores of 9-1, 6-5 and 9-8.

Outfielder Eric Blanc, Jr. has a .429 batting average, a category leader for the Rattlers.

Bryce Luken, who plays both shortstop and third base, and catcher Turner Davis lead the Tigers offensively, hitting .361 and .354, respectively.

The Rattlers ended the 2016 season 31-21 overall and 19-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) while the Tigers ended the 2016 season 12-40 overall and 7-17 in the MEAC.

Last season the Rattlers won four of six games against Savannah State. Games will be held at Moore-Kittles Field and the weekend’s three-game stand will be during the 5th Annual Alumni Weekend.

Sports Brief: Preview Florida A&M vs Mercer

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

The Florida A&M men’s baseball team has won five of the last seven games in the season. This is head coach Jamey Shouppe’s fourth season at FAMU, and it is the best start to a season since his arrival.

Their next match up will be at home Tuesday against Mercer University at Moore-Kittles field. The scheduled start time is at 4 p.m.

Mercer is 7-0, the 7-0 mark is the  third time in school history for the Bears.  Mercer remains the only unbeaten team in the Southern Conference.

The Rattlers should have a look out for Mercer catcher Charlie Madden. Madden was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week, the first for Madden’s career, for his performance in games played between Feb. 20-26. Madden hit .438 and slugged 1.125 to lead the Bears to an undefeated week that included a win over the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia and a three-game sweep over Hartford.

Rattler Ben Ellzey was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Player of the Week on Monday. The honor is the first time for Ellzey. Ellzey finished the week for the Rattlers going 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate in games against Auburn University and George Washington University.

The MEAC also recognized outfield Willis McDaniel, and infield and pitcher Aubrey McCarty for their performances.

The Rattlers have a 3-8 record against Mercer and have won two of the four games against the Bears last season.

 

FAMU Baseball to Open Season With a Series of Home Games

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

The Rattlers of Florida A&M University’s baseball team are excited to start their season against the Wofford College Terriers of the Southern Conference on Friday. The Rattlers have been making major improvements to their program for the last three years under head coach Jamey Shouppe.

Shouppe won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coach of the year award in 2016 for the second time in his first three years of coaching. He was able to guide the Rattlers their first 30+ win season since 1980.

The Rattlers are looking to improve off of being back-to-back MEAC Southern Champions without their starting catcher and team captain Jackie Myles Jr. Myles Jr. was ruled out for the season Monday after he tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Shouppe was confident that his pitchers will still be able to pitch well even without Myles Jr. behind the plate to catch for them.

“We feel like we’re better pitching. We got a few more power arms that we have not had since I’ve been in this program,” Shouppe said. “We’re excited about our pitchers this year. We feel like we’re going to be a little better on the hill.”

The Rattlers are still hopeful about the upcoming season with the new change in the batting lineup since Myles Jr. is out for the season.

“John Capra will lead off for us and play shortstop this year. We feel he’s going to be our on base percentage type guy for us, only struck out either none or one time for us this past fall,” Shouppe said.

The Rattlers will start the season by playing 13 of their first 14 games at home to help their players miss fewer classes. The stretch of home games gives the fans more chances to witness FAMU build on to the rising program that they have.

“With us playing a lot of home games it keeps our kids in the classroom,” Shouppe said. “If we go on one road trip, it’s going to cost us about $1,300-$1,400. So it’s cost productive to bring teams to play early in the season. It’s great for the home fan base and it’s great for our kids to stay in the classroom and get caught up their classroom stuff so that when we do start to travel a little bit they aren’t behind.”

 

Sports Brief: FAMU’s Starting Catcher/Captain Out With a Torn PCL

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent ( @StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

Junior catcher Jacky Miles Jr. has officially been ruled out for the 2017 season. Miles Jr., who is a captain of Florida A&M’s baseball team, found out that the tear of his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for the season.

“He had some back issues too so hopefully he’ll get healthy and be back with us next year, but it’s quite a blow to our pitching staff having our starting catcher out,” head coach Jamey Shouppe said.

Miles Jr. was on the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team in 2016. He finished top-five in 10 out of 14 hitting categories with one of them being for his batting average of .328. Against teams in the MEAC, Miles Jr. finished the 2016 season with a batting average of .411 with only 73 at-bats.

“Brian Davis, who was our backup catcher, caught the second game of doubleheaders last year will go to our starting catcher position,” Shouppe said. “That will open up some opportunities at first base where Brian was scheduled to start and then also open up an opportunity for either Javon Byrd or Russell Rauh to win that backup catching job.” 

Davis was an All-MEAC first-team first baseman in 2016 and finished the season third in batting with an average of .370. Davis also finished second on the team in hits with 70 and tied for seventh in the MEAC in home runs with 7.

The Rattlers will open up their season against Wofford at home on Friday at 4 p.m.

FAMU Baseball 2017 Season Preview

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFs on Twitter)

Florida A&M University baseball team has shown much growth in the last three years under Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, who will be entering his fourth season with the Rattlers.

The Rattlers baseball team has won 80 games under coach Shouppe, and will look to make their way back to the MEAC tournament this season with better results.

The Rattlers were eliminated in the MEAC tournament last season. After finishing the regular season as the overall number one seed in the MEAC.

FAMU will open up the season at home with a three-game opening series against Wofford College, on February 17.

“Our staff and players are extremely excited for the upcoming season and the level of competition we’re able to face on our schedule in 2017, “head coach Jamey Shouppe told reporters. “The players have put in a lot of time this fall and worked extremely hard, both on and off the field, this fall to prepare for the upcoming season.”

FAMU will start the season playing 16 of its first 20 games at home at Moore-Kittles Field.

FAMU will host a non-conference series against Wofford, George Washington, Mercer, East Tennessee State and Jackson State.

They will also travel to Auburn, Florida, South Florida, Jacksonville, Alabama State and North Florida this season.

Coach Shouppe and the Rattlers will be without four key leaders from last season tournament team. Outfielder Marlon Gibbs, who had a .308 batting average, 5 home runs 33 RBI and 7 stolen bases.

And, Dylan Dillard, who who has a .335 BA, 8 HR, 59 RBI and a .587 slugging percentage. He was also the 2016 MEAC Player of the year.

Second baseman and starting pitcher Ricky Page are also formers Rattlers, who the team will be without this season.

FAMU will have 16 returning players coming into the 2017 season, and according to sports information has 21 new players on the roster.

FAMU has also signed 9 players to help accomplish their goals this upcoming season.

FAMU Rattlers Gear Up for Season Opener

Devin Simmons, Correspondent 

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchises portioning.net) – Coming off of a 23-23 regular season record last year, as well as a MEAC title, FAMU Rattlers are well-prepared for their season opening game, which is less than 20 days away. With Fall ball taking place in October, the Rattlers are ready and eager for opening day.

Head coach Jamey Shouppe explained, “We have to feel good coming from where the program started. We feel like everything is going in the right direction, and we plan on taking the program to the next level.”

With a phenomenal performance last year, the Rattlers look to carry that into this season.

“We are working on better pitching,” said Shouppe. “We don’t practice to lose; we practice to win. If we play well enough, we will have a chance to defeat anyone,” explained Shouppe.

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