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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.

 

Florida A&M defeats Hampton

Calvin Sykes, Correspondent (CSykesSportsU on Twitter)

Florence Ouattara scored 20 points to lead Florida A&M past the Hampton Pirates 62- 44 on Monday at Al Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.

Shakerrya Morrison had 14 points and Cedricka Sweeting added 10 for FAMU (10-16, 8-5 MEAC).

Monnaz Finney- Smith, who ranks number 12 in scoring in the Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference, scored 16 points to lead Hampton.

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The Rattlers outrebound the Pirates 55 to 36 behind the second leading rebounder of the MEAC Morrison.

“I love how gritty [Morrison] is on the boards. She just loves to rebound and I mean she doesn’t need to score. She just has a nack for the ball. She is just relentless on the boards, but my goal for her is to be first in the MEAC standings for rebounding,” FAMU head coach LeDawn Gibson said.

Florida A&M was held to 9 of 31 shooting from the field in the first half as opposed to the Pirates only making 8 of 28. Florida A&M out- shot the Pirates from the three point line – 64 to 50 percent.

Hampton pulled within 26 – 23 on a 3-0 run, but Ouattara made a three pointer to extend the Rattlers’ lead. FAMU led 29-23 at halftime after leading by as many as 11 points at the mid-way point in the first half.

The Rattlers took control after of the game after Hampton’s brief burst. The Rattlers went on a 13-6  run to push the lead to 42-29 and held on for the rest of the game.

Because it was Senior Night for FAMU, it was their final home game of the season. The Rattlers will next play South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C. on Saturday. Tip-off will be at 2 p.m.

Hampton gives the Rattlers their third loss in a row

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

Florida A&M men’s basketball team has continued to struggle offensively this season. Monday night the Rattlers (7-18, 5-7 MEAC) had another disappointing night in the Al Lawson Multi-Purpose Center. FAMU was defeated 72-55 by the Pirates of Hampton University on Senior Night. The loss is the third in a row for the Rattlers.

The only senior on the FAMU men’s team is forward Trey-Cary Warren. In honor of Senior Night, Warren started. Warren put five points on the board for the Rattlers and 2 rebounds, an offensive, and defensive.

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FAMU shot 33.9 percent from the field, whereas Hampton shot a little better at 47.2 percent. The Rattlers were heavy on the free-throw line, shooting 71.4 percent. Head coach Byron Samuels said the goal is to get to the free-throw line at least 25 times. Shooting 15-21 from the free-throw line was not enough to secure a win over the two-time defending champions of the MEAC.

“We try to be aggressive, we got there. Our goal every game is to get there at least 25 times and shoot at least 75 percent, so we accomplished that feat,” Samuels said. “The greater issue is we didn’t shoot the ball well from the floor.”

Hampton (11-14, 8-4 MEAC), who stands third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, did not make the match-up against the Rattlers easy. Freshman guard Jermaine Marrow put up 31 points for the Pirates. The Pirates had 39 rebounds, AJ Astroth and Kalin Fisher had seven each.

“I thought we defended pretty well for the majority of the game, but certainly the Marrow kid gets hot, hits two or three 3s in a row,” Samuels said. “Hampton is a good team, it’s a good basketball program. They’re used to winning, finding ways to win.”

Junior forward Desmond Williams offensively and defensively ran the court. He had 12 points and 8 rebounds for the Rattlers.

The Rattlers are 22-11 against Hampton, and the Pirates have won each of the last five meetings between the two teams. Last season, the Rattlers loss in overtime 71-65.  Overall, Hampton has won seven of the last nine games against FAMU, and the Pirates are 7-6 against the Rattlers on the road.

“We just didn’t have it tonight,” Samuels said. “I probably didn’t do my best job getting our guys prepared with the turnaround. We tried to rest, keep our legs fresh. Hats off to Hampton, but I’m hurting for our guys, disappointed. We’ve got to find a way to get some energy and continue to fight.”

This is the last game for the Rattlers at home, and they have two more until the MEAC Tournament in March. FAMU will face South Carolina State on Feb. 25 and rival Bethune-Cookman on March 2.

Sports Brief: Preview Florida A&M VS Hampton

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

The Florida A&M women’s basketball (9-16, 7-5 MEAC)  and men’s basketball (7-19, 5-8 MEAC) teams will host a doubleheader against Hampton University Monday in Al Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.

Saturday, FAMU took on the Spartans of Norfolk State. The women were able to secure a 59-51 victory over the MEAC’s second-place team. It took the game to go into double overtime to determine the outcome of the men’s game. NSU outlasted the Rattlers, winning 77-65.

Last season, the Lady Rattlers were able to bring home a 66-59 victory over the Lady Pirates. The men were not able to secure a win over Hampton in a 71-65 loss for FAMU.

Khadejra Young was the leading scorer and rebounder for FAMU. She had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Rattlers. Malcolm Bernard led the men’s team in points and rebounds as well. Bernard had 23 points with 11 rebounds.

Hampton’s women are 14-11 and the men are 11-14. Both teams are 8-4 in the MEAC.

Monday’s game will also serve as Senior Night for the Rattlers. Free admission will be granted to those with a valid FAMU ID. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Lady Rattlers Upset Elite Conference Foe

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent ( @StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

Florida A&M University’s women’s basketball team surprised many people with their 59-51 win over Norfolk State University. The Lady Rattlers held their ground against NSU, who are the number two team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Senior guard Florence Ouattara led the team in scoring with 12 points while senior forward Alicia McCray and junior guard Shakeyrra Morrison both put up double-doubles with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

“I thought Alicia played a heck of a game. I’ve been waiting on Alicia to do this all year and she just played an all-around great game tonight, she was just fearless.,” head coach LeDawn Gibson said.

 

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McCray filled up the stat sheet with her performance in the paint. 10 of her 13 rebounds were defensive rebounds and she got all of the team’s six blocks.

The Lady Rattlers turned the ball over 21 times but managed to hold the Spartans to 25% shooting from the field for the night and only three of NSU’s players were able to score more than six points.

“I think their heads and hearts are in the right place. I think going into the end of the season we’re in the right place mentally and physically,” Gibson said.

The last three games of the season are all conference games and two of them are against top-four teams in the MEAC.

“We got two more home games to incite the fans and to get some more people out there to support us for the MEAC,” Gibson said. “We just got to go out there and be fearless and try to put ourselves in a better situation for the MEAC tournament.”

The Lady Rattlers look to end their season on another win streak after getting their first win since North Carolina A&T snapped their five-game win streak.

“I think we have a great team. We’ve been on a rollercoaster ride, we lost two last week that I don’t think we should’ve lost but we did. We’re just trying to bounce back this week and move forward and continue to work,” Gibson said.
The Lady Rattlers play their next game on Monday against Hampton University. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. in the Al Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.

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.

Rattlers fall short to the Hornets in OT

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter) 

Junior forward Derrick Dandridge led the Rattlers with 17 points in an overtime game against Delaware State Monday night in Al Lawson Multipurpose Center that ended in disappointment for the Rattlers. Delaware State (7-18, 4-6 MEAC) took an 80-77 overtime victory against Florida A&M (6-16, 4-5 MEAC).

The Hornets were defeated 81-68 at home by the Rattlers on Jan. 28, becoming DSU’s fifth straight loss. Desmond Williams also added17 points for the Rattlers. Dandridge also led his team with nine rebounds.

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Although the Rattlers and Hornets had the same amount of 3-point attempts, DSU was able to convert at a higher clip.  Delaware State shot 41.7 percent beyond the arc, compared to the Rattlers’ 29.2 percent.

Junior guard Marcus Barham put up the first three-pointer for the Rattlers within minutes of the game starting. Barham made three of eight of his attempted 3-pointers. The teams battled on the court all night in three-pointers, the final one coming with 21.1 remaining.

“They were hot offensively from the start, but we were able to sustain it throughout the game,” FAMU head coach Byron Samuels said. “I thought we had our chances and we just couldn’t warm up offensively.”

Williams tied the game at 66 from the free-throw line. Williams, who has struggled with free throws this season, manged to successfully get half of his free-throws in the basket.

“Every possession is very crucial, from the first half, if you miss, you have the chance to dive on the floor. If you don’t get that and you don’t do it, that can have a ripple effect,” Williams said. “So every step or every misstep is very crucial to the whole outcome of the game.

At the free-throw line, the Rattlers shot just over 50 percent, going 14-21.

“The key for us is getting there. If we keep getting there, the percentages are going to keep going up,” Samuels said. “Des[mond] is a tough-minded kid, and I’ve got confidence in our guys.”

In OT, the Hornets shot 100 percent from the field, beyond the arc, and in free-throws. The Rattlers were not able to make any of the three, three-pointers they attempted.

“Well we wanted to get the best shot we got, we got a wide open shot. You get the best shot you can get and it happened to be the shot that we took,” Samuels said. “It just didn’t work out for us tonight.”

DSU had just ten more defensive rebounds than the Rattlers in the second half. FAMU fought against the trees in trying to secure another win against Delaware State.

“I mean we [have] played against a lot of taller teams before. I just try to do what I can down there and not back down. I mean I don’t know, I don’t really see it as a problem if somebody else is tall.” Dandridge said.

The Hornets junior guard, Kavon Waller, led his team with a game-high 19 points. Waller also had seven of the 28 rebounds for the Hornets.

The Rattlers will face the Aggies of North Carolina A&T University Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.

FAMU Depth and Size Too much for Delaware State

Calvin Sykes, Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)

Shakerrya Morrison’s double-double to led the Florida A&M Rattlers women’s basketball team past Mikah Aldridge and the Delaware State Lady Hornets 69-61 on Monday afternoon in AL Lawson Multi-Purpose Center.

The Rattlers starting five combined for 38 out of 59 points scored in the game. Aldridge scored 13 points with four rebounds and 3 assists for the Hornets.

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Rattlers shot 35.2 percent from the field and took 43 shots from the free throw line, converting 25. The Hornets shot 35.8% percent and made all 14 of their shots at the charity stripe.

“I don’t think we shot well as a team tonight, but they made it when it counted,” LeDawn Gibson said. ” As a coach, I am very pleased but we have a lot of work to do but we won at the end of the day.”

FAMU dominated the glass (53-38) behind Morrison’s 21 rebounds.

“It was big but I really did want 63 rebounds,” Gibson said. “At the same time, I am pleased with the 53 rebounds but we have to keep working.  I recruited [Murray]  because she brings energy and the determination on the boards.”

FAMU led by as many as 11 points during the final moments of the game before the Hornets cut the lead to one. The Rattlers responded with a 5-0 run.

This win pushes the Rattler’s winning streak to five games and hopes to move higher in the MEAC standings with six games left. The next game will be played against North Carolina A&T at the Corbett Sports Center on Feb. 11.

 

 

Sports Brief: Preview Florida A&M vs Delaware State

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter) 

On Saturday, the Florida A&M  men’s basketball team got off to a good start en route to a  71-62 victory over Howard University, completing a season sweep of the home-and-home series this year. The Rattlers are hoping to do the same against Delaware State (7-18, 4-6 MEAC) on Monday night in Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.

FAMU (6-16, 4-5 MEAC) defeated the Hornets 81-68 back in Delaware on Jan. 28. Junior guard and forward for the Hornets, Dana Raysor, led his team with a total of 23 points. Freshman Kobe Gantz, along with sophomores Devin Morgan and Demola Onifade, each had a total of five rebounds for DSU.

Juniors Desmond Williams and Derrick Dandridge were the Rattlers leading scorers, both putting up 17 points each. Dandridge also led the team with nine rebounds.

Students with a valid FAMU ID will be granted admission to the game. Tip off is at 8 p.m.

Sports Brief: Florida A&M versus Delaware State

Calvin Sykes, Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)
 
After Saturday’s win,  the Florida A&M women’s basketball team extended their current winning streak to four games.  The win lifted them from 10th place in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings to a sixth place tie in the standings with seven games left.
 
The Rattlers (7-15, 5-4 MEAC) host Delaware State today in the Al Lawson Muti-Purpose Center at 6 p.m. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Rattlers defeated the Hornets 65-56.
 
“I think last game against Delaware State was exciting, and they are a pretty decent team,” said head coach LeDawn Gibson said. “When the score got away, they did some things and got back in the game”.
 
The Lady Hornets are 7-16 overall, but are ranked second to last in the MEAC standings. Free admission will be granted to anyone with a valid FAMU ID.