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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.

Lady Rattlers “steal” game from Hawks

Amari Godwin, Correspondent (@AmariGodwinFS on Twitter)

The Florida A&M women basketball team (4-15, 2-4 MEAC) overcame a slow start against Maryland Eastern Shore (8-8, 2-3) on Monday in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center. The Lady Rattlers forced 17 turnovers to defeat the Lady Hawks 59-49. 

Shakerrya Morrison led the team with 9 rebounds on a night where FAMU grabbed 45 boards as a team. Shalaunda Burney-Robinson, a 6’4 Sophomore for FAMU, used her height to her team’s advantage in the second half as she came in with energy and good defense to make sure her team did not fall behind. Burney-Robinson’s aggressiveness in the third and fourth quarters helped the Rattlers stay in the lead throughout the rest of the game as she put up 21 points and seven rebounds. 

“Out there I feel eager to compete because I know how much time we have on this team and as soon as everybody reverses that, everybody can see exactly what we have. Tonight, we showed a little bit of it, but we got have more. I just feel like we have a great talented team and we can continue to be as great,” Burney-Robinson said. 

The Lady Rattlers struggled on the offensive end, only shooting 27.5%. 

“It’s something we’re going to have to keep working on. I think they rushed a lot of lay-ups but we’re going to keep taking our time and keep going over it in practice,” FAMU head coach LeDawn Gibson said. 

Their strength on the defensive end made up for the lack of offense, with the team forcing 17 turnovers against the Hawks, whereas Maryland only forced 5.

“I loved it. I loved the effort. I loved the team effort,” Gibson said. “They talked more defense, I think that made a made a difference too. Games before this I felt like we were very mute on defense and we’ve been working on talking, talking, talking.” 

The Lady Rattlers will next play on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center when they take on conference foe Delaware State.

Defensive woes sink Rattlers

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

Florida A&M’s lack of defense plagued the Rattlers in their 86-79 loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore on Monday in the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center.  The Rattlers inability to stop the Hawks at the three-point line early contributed to nine made shots from beyond the arc.

MDES only made seven three-pointers in the first half, but attempted almost as many outside shots as FAMU had total field goal attempts in the half.

“We had some chances, missed a couple of layups, and certainly didn’t shoot free-throws well again tonight,” FAMU coach Byron Samuels said. “We just couldn’t get out of our own way.”

FAMU switched to man-to-man defensive to slow down the threes in the second half. The Rattlers shot 33.3 percent compared to the Hawks 44.4. In the second half, the percentages were much closer: MDES 45.7 percent and FAMU 45.8 percent.

“When you’re struggling, you got to find a way to make simple plays and make tough plays, but we just didn’t do that enough. Eastern Shore is a good team,” Samuels said. “They exploited some areas where we struggled.”

“We just didn’t play as well as we were capable of playing. It’s frustrating, but we got a lot of basketball left, ten conference games left and we just got to find a way to get it done,” said Samuels.

FAMU made a run late in the second half, two late turnovers halted the comeback bid. 

“I think that when it’s time to step up, we could have helped ourselves early on, starting off a little bit better in the first half,” Justin Ravenel said. “So I knew coming into the second half shots had to go in, and just be aggressive and make sure that every time a shot goes up it goes in every time, but unfortunately all of them don’t go in.”

Desmond Williams, who had spent a lot of efforts on the defensive and offensive end was the Rattlers leading scorer and rebounder.  Williams had a total of 19 points and seven rebounds.

“As we can see, we can come back. We just have to get over that hump. It’s just a matter of continually to play hard every possession., taking no plays off, and listening to each other,” Williams said.

The Hawks leading scorer was Bakari Copeland, with a total of 25 points. The leading rebounder for the team was Derrico Peck, with seven rebounds in total.

The Hawks defeated Bethune-Cookman 82-79 on Saturday. This match up with FAMU sealed a perfect two-game Florida swing.


Sports Brief: Florida A&M preview vs Maryland-Eastern Shore

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)

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The Florida A&M women’s basketball (3-15, 1-4 MEAC)  and men’s basketball (4-14, 2-3 MEAC) teams will host a double header against Maryland-Eastern Shore today in Al Lawson. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. and following after at 8 p.m. the men’s game will take place.

Last season, the women’s team  fell short to the Hawks 61-47. The leading scorer for the Lady Rattlers was Olivia Antilla with 14 points. The men’s team went home with an 81-80 victory in overtime. Craig Bowman was the leading scorer, putting up 25 points for the Rattlers.

The Maryland-Eastern Shore women are 8-7 overall and the men are 6-13  overall.

The game is being held on faculty and staff appreciation night. Free admission will be granted to all faculty and staff members with a valid FAMU ID.

Lady Rattlers overcome slow start to beat Morgan State

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. ( – With the Florida A&M University women’s basketball team starting a series of conference games in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC), the Lady Rattlers were able to get their first conference win with a 51-48 victory over the Morgan State Bears.

The Lady Rattlers (3-13, 1- 2 MEAC) struggled in the in the beginning of the first quarter both offensively and defensively. They weren’t able to get their first point of the game until almost four minutes into the game after the Lady Bears (2-14, 0- 3 MEAC) had already built a seven-point lead. The Lady Rattlers came within one point before the end of the first quarter and continued to trail for most of the game.

In the second half, the Lady Rattlers stepped up their play by playing press defense and causing turnovers. The offensive game for the Lady Rattlers started to heat up when senior guard Cedrika Sweeting made consecutive threes to give FAMU their first tie of the game in the third quarter. Head coach LeDawn Gibson commented on her shot after the game.

“Just for her to have that confidence to let it fly, boy I feel like flying with it,” Gibson said.

The team continued to make things difficult for the Lady Bears especially with junior center Shalaunda Burney-Robinson in the post outrebounding her opponents. Burney-Robinson finished with 12 total rebounds, eight of those being defensive, and made both of her free throws to give the Lady Rattlers their first lead in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Rattlers went on a 6-0 after taking the lead in the fourth quarter that lasted up until the last 25 seconds of the game. It helped seal the victory and prevented the Lady Bears from making a comeback.

Coach Gibson said she was proud of how the team stepped upped their play to get the win.

“I think we are a great defensive team when we communicate,” Gibson said. “This is a very talented team and at any given night anybody can step up.”

Sweeting, with her two momentum changing threes, was one of those players. Sweeting said Gibson’s halftime message ignited her.

“What coach said at halftime really got me going,” Sweeting said. “By them giving me the ball, I knew they had confidence in me so I had to make something happen for the win.”

With a win to start conference play, the Lady Rattlers are ready to take on Savannah State University and Bethune-Cookman University in their upcoming games. Gibson was happy to talk about these series of conference games.

“We go to Savannah on Saturday then we come back to play that other school in Florida so we’re going to be ready.”

The Lady Rattlers will take on the Lady Tigers at 4 p.m. before facing off against rival Bethune-Cookman on Monday at home.

Florida A&M’s struggles in the paint lead to sixth straight loss

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS)

In an exhibition game of teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference vs. the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the Southern University Jaguars (3-3) defeated the Rattlers of Florida A&M University (2-7) 83-71.


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Rattlers win homecoming 31-14

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE FLA, ( The Florida A & M University Rattlers have had an eventful homecoming weekend. They played the Hampton University Pirates Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The stands were packed with 26,044 fans wearing orange and green as all the Rattler fans were excited for this big homecoming game against the Pirates.  The Rattlers finished off this exciting week with an even more exciting 31-14 win over Hampton University Pirates.

The Rattlers started the game fast and didn’t hold back after that. The first drive for the rattlers ended up as a touchdown. Ryan Stanley found his big guy an offensive lineman Louben Polinice for a 19 yard TD. Stanley finished the drive 4-5 with two carries as well.

The defense played a big role in this win as well as the offense. The rattlers defense only let the Hampton pirates get in the red zone twice the entire game. The defense forced a fumble which was recovered by Braxton Brown and got two interceptions tonight.

The offense was also on a role, every time they got the ball they were hungry to score. Ryan Stanley finished the game off 18-31 212 yards and 2 TD. Stanley hasn’t turned the ball over since he has been named the starting QB.


The running backs had a nice game. Devin Bowers had 18 carries for 74 yards and Hans Supre had 10 carries for 44 yards and a TD.

Kareem Smith was all over the field whether it was on special teams or even on offense. He finished the game with 6 catches for 86 yards. He also had 3 punt returns for a total of 54 yards and a long of 35 yards.

Notable stats


Braxton Brown 6 tackles 1 tackle for loss

Orland Mckinley 5 tackles

Justen Bennett had 5 tackles

Quenteze Gallon 5 tackles