TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WWW.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – With Pro Day complete, the Seminoles will now await the 2017 NFL Draft which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eatkins Oval.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Timely hitting and lots of lightning lead Florida State to a weather-shortened 3-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Florida State (20-11) finished off the two-game sweep of the Eagles in a short, (4.5 innings) but official game. Will Zirzow started on the mound for the Noles, going three innings while striking out five and allowing two runs on four hits. The Seminoles’ three runs came off of six hits, including an RBI triple from Cal Raleigh, his first of the season.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State was defeated 5-2 on Saturday night. North Carolina rallied back in the top of the ninth inning, capitalizing on six Seminole errors on its way to a comeback win.
The Noles (18-10) found themselves up early in the contest, after sophomore Jackson Lueck drove in freshman Nick Derr with a single that got through right field. A couple of innings later, junior Rhett Aplin tripled to center field, the first of his career. Freshman Drew Mendoza then sac-flied out to left field, bringing home Aplin from third and making the score 2-0.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitching dominates, as Florida State had no answers for North Carolina ace J.B. Bukauskas and drops the series opener 3-1.
The Seminoles (18-9) were only able to muster three hits against the UNC right-hander. Bukauskas (5-0) struck out 10 batters while walking two and allowing only one run. The Tar Heels (20-6) enjoyed home runs from both Brian Miller and Ashton McGee.
This game was a pitching display early on as Cole Sands and Bukauskas threw up zeros over the first two frames. Sands got bit for two runs in the third inning—in-part due to Miller’s homer—but managed to work through six innings allowing only the two runs. FSU’s offense just couldn’t figure out Bukauskas, plain and simple.
“It was just one of those nights where you tip your hat to Bukauskas. That was beautiful pitching on his part, he was masterful.” High praise from FSU coach Mike Martin. When the winningest active coach in college baseball is impressed, he’s probably the real deal.
Bukauskas is currently rated the No. 3 prospect for the 2017 MLB draft by Baseball America.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing their last two games, the Capital City Cobras made a statement to the rest of the APDFL — we’re not dead yet. The Cobras put up 33 points in the first half en route to a 41-0 massacre over the Emerald Coast Scorpions Saturday at Godby High School.
After losing quarterback Brandon Parks to injury, the Cobras turned to a familiar face to guide the offense. 36-year old veteran Dion Graham again was called to action and returned to the tune of five touchdown passes. The former Thomasville Bulldog QB, who still holds several records at the school including career passing touchdowns (60) and career completion percentage (58.6%), provided just the spark the team had been looking for.
“Like I told them, it’s not that I’m back — I was just late,” Graham said. “They’ve been waiting on me and I just came to give my teammates what they have been waiting on.”
The team responded with its most dominant performance of the season. Their 41 points mark the team’s highest scoring total of the year and the defense posted its second home game shutout in as many games.
Graham said the win came at the right time for the club. For a team that is not accustomed to losing streaks, dropping two games in a row puts a lot of older players in unfamiliar territory.
“This win just taught us that the train is still rolling and that we’re not out of it,” Graham said. “Two losses can take a little bit out of a team, but a win like this can pump the air right back in us.”
Head coach Antonio Ivey was visibly excited to get his team back on the winning track. His enthusiasm throughout the game was echoed by his players, who once again played with the moxie and confidence that has become their identity.
“It was everything I needed. They did everything I asked them to,” Ivey said. “I asked for them to give me maximum effort, leave it all on on the field, and the scoreboard speaks for itself.”
He said the team has a point to prove and will spend the rest of the season putting the league on notice.
“It lets them know that our missing piece is back,” Ivey said. “A lot of teams have missing links too, but tonight shows that we are back to where we are supposed to be and a force to be reckoned with.”
The have a bye week and will use the time to recover from nagging injuries. They return to action April 8 in Orlando against the UMOJA Dragons.
The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers softball team (5-24-1) are looking to win their fourth consecutive Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference title.
The Lady Rattlers have completed most of their non-conference schedule and are about to open up their MEAC schedule against North Carolina Central University (5-17).
Head coach Veronica Wiggins is looking to get the team back on a winning track after the team fell into a five-game losing streak after her 700th win. FAMU athletics along with the Tallahassee community will be honoring Wiggins for her career milestone during Saturday’s game against NCCU.
The win came on March 12, after the Lady Rattlers took down the Howard Lady Bison, 8 – 1. The Lady Rattlers will play the doubleheader Saturday against NCCU with the first game starting at 1 p.m. and the second game at 3 p.m.
Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M men’s basketball seems to slowly spiraling down hill. Last week FAMU guard Craig Bowman confirmed that he will be transferring and after three seasons as head coach, Byron Samuels’ contract with the Rattlers will not be renewed.
“I just want a different opportunity,” Bowman told the Tallahassee Democrat. “I feel like we accomplished a lot since I’ve been here. I just wanted a new opportunity. A new chance to compete against some different talent. I just want to think everybody for the opportunity. It was a pleasure. I’ll always be a Rattler. I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”
After Bowman would confirm his transfer, it was released that Samuels’ contract would not be renewed.
“After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men’s basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction,” Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. said in a statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – She went from playing high school basketball in Cholet, France and learning how to communicate in English with her Lady Eagles teammates. Now she is working towards helping her team win the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Basketball Championship.
From an early age, she wanted to play in the United States.
“It was kind of like a goal,” Lady Eagles guard LindsayJohn said. “My brother, when I was six and he was ten said when we’re older, we’re gonna play in America.”
John came from a basketball family. Her brother played a year of college basketball in America, and her father played for Cholet Basket, a professional team in France.
And when a mutual friend of her and TCC head coach Franqua Bedell came to her about TCC, she was interested.
“He told me that coach Q would build me,”John said. “Not only as a basketball player but as a woman. So I thought that’s exactly what I need because I’m gonna be far from my family.”