Category Archives: College

Noles Drop Second Straight To Rallying Tar Heels

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

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.

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Seminoles Catch Case of the Carolina Blues

TJ Knapp, Correspondent

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.

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FAMU softball opens up their MEAC schedule against NCCU

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent  (@StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers softball team (5-24-1) are looking to win their fourth consecutive Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference title.

 

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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.

Craig Bowman and Byron Samuels not expected to return to FAMU next season

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.

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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.

Seminoles Survive and Advance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State survived a late surge by Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday night, winning their first game in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

The Seminoles (26-8) used their collective size to alter shots all night, producing nine blocks over the course of the game to overcome poor foul shooting at the end.

“We’ve been a team that contests shots and changes shots all year long. It’s a part of who we are,” Coach Leonard Hamilton said after the game.  

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Lady Eagles Lindsay John Understands Transitioning

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

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.” 

photos courtesy of TCC Sports Information
Photo courtesy of TCC Sports Information

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Noles Earn No. 3 Seed In the Big Dance

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Following a historic season, Florida State has been selected to participate in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for the first time since 2012.

The Seminoles (25-8) are slotted as a No. 3 seed in the West Region, and will face off against Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) on Thursday, March 16 in Orlando.

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TCC Rob Chaney Earns Athletic Director of the Year Award

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee Community College Athletic Director Rob Chaney has been chosen as a  Junior/Community College Athletic Director of the year by The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The award is given to four athletic directors in each division of collegiate play, from the Community College level all the way to NCAA Division 1. Continue reading TCC Rob Chaney Earns Athletic Director of the Year Award

Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

 Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State football is back in full swing this week. The Seminoles started spring practice this Monday, with lots of new and returning faces.

Sophomore defensive back Derwin James is back after missing 11 games last season with a torn meniscus, and five-star running back Cam Akers donned the garnet and gold for the first time.

With seven early enrollees, a few players coming back from injury, and some guys who were up-and-coming toward the end of last year, there are several people to be watching this spring. Continue reading Florida State Seminoles Spring Football 2017 Preview

TCC Men’s Basketball Face St. Petersburg College at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Kevin Murphy, Correspondent (@KevinMurphyFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College men’s basketball team are on their way to the state tournament in Ocala for the second year in a row, both years being the first two of Coach Mark White’s tenure at Tallahassee Community College.

The Eagles head to Ocala with a season record of 24-6 overall, 7-5 in Panhandle Conference play, and looking to end a two game losing streak.

They also look to eventually reach the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas after falling just one game short last year after losing in the state tournament’s championship game to Northwest Florida State College. 

A possible rematch in the final game of the tournament with Northwest Florida looms, a fact that is not lost on the players and Coach White.

“Definitely, going to that game is definitely extra motivation,” said TCC Eagles freshman guard Jeremy Hayes said when asked about the possible matchup in the tournament. ” I feel that we really got a chip on our shoulder and we are ready for this tournament.” Continue reading TCC Men’s Basketball Face St. Petersburg College at 3 p.m. on Thursday.