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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wiggins proud of softball team’s efforts as season ends in NCAA elimination round

The FAMU softball team saw its 2015 season come to a close Saturday afternoon in a 7-2 loss to Florida Atlantic University in the elimination round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Softball Regionals in Gainesville.

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins reflected on the season just concluded following Saturday’s game.

“I am very proud of this team, especially the way we came back today and fought,” she said.

FAMU softball takes tough loss to UF in first round of NCAA tourney

FAMU senior Amanda Weaver
The FAMU softball team (18-38) took a tough 6-0 loss to the No. 1-seeded University of Florida (51-6) on Friday night during the opening round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.  

Freshman Veronica Burse threw 101 pitches for the Lady Rattlers, picking up 49 strikes and one strikeout.

UF Pitcher Aleshia Ocasio's no-hit bid was broken up in the sixth inning, when FAMU senior Amanda Weaver lashed a two-out single into right field.

Friday, May 15, 2015

FAMU advances to MEAC championship with 11-2 win over Delaware State

Ricky Page pitched a season-long seven innings
FAMU (22-23, 15-9 MEAC) scored all 11 runs over the final three innings to drop Delaware State (16-28, 13-11 MEAC) 11-2 and advance to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Game which will be held on Saturday.

Rattler starter Ricky Page (2-0) earned the win after pitching a season-long seven innings and tied a season-high with five strikeouts. Page only allowed one unearned run on three hits with four walks. Six different Rattlers had multi-hit performances in the win. The Rattlers have now won five straight games and eight of their last nine.

FAMU has totaled 27 hits so far in its’ first two games of the MEAC Tournament. For the second straight game, at least four FAMU players had a multi-hit day. On Wednesday, the Rattlers used a three-run seventh inning and a strong relief performance from Brandon Fleming to defeat Savannah State (21-32, 12-12 MEAC) 7-4 in the opening game of the MEAC Tournament.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FAMU enters MEAC baseball tournament as Southern Division No. 1 seed

FAMU will enter the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Tournament as the Southern Division No. 1 seed tonight at 7:30 PM ET. The Rattlers will face the winner of the Savannah State vs. University of Maryland Eastern Shore game, which will be played at 12:30 PM this afternoon.

FAMU (20-23, 15-9 MEAC) finished the regular season winning six of their last seven games including 11-4 down the stretch in conference play to earn the No. 1 seed in the MEAC Southern Division.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FAMU softball to face No. 1 UF in NCAA tournament

Tashayla Irvis catching a fly ball
On Sunday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that the FAMU softball team will face the University of Florida in Gainesville this Friday in the first round of the 2015 championship tournament. UF holds the No. 1 overall national ranking.

The Lady Rattlers earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and an NCAA automatic bid with their 2-0 win over the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. It is the sixth automatic berth seeding since 1999.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

FAMU softball wins second consecutive MEAC championship

The FAMU softball team captured its 11th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title with a gutsy 2-0 victory over archrival Bethune-Cookman in the second and deciding game in the 2015 MEAC Tournament at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

The Lady Rattlers (18-37) won their second straight conference title, after dropping the first game to Bethune-Cookman, 2-0.

“I’m so proud of our young ladies,” a beaming FAMU Head Coach Veronica Wiggins said after the game. “I told them after the first game to settle down and relax, because they seemed to be intimidated going into the first game.”

Saturday, May 09, 2015

FAMU softball advances to MEAC championship game with 2-1 win over B-CU

The FAMU Lady Rattlers used a strong pitching performance by sophomore Kenya Pereira and solid defense, making just one error, to defeat the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semifinal match, yesterday. The victory paved the way for the Rattlers to defend their title today at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Pereira pitched a complete game for FAMU.  She allowed five hits, one walk and just one run.  The 2014 MEAC Softball Championship Most Outstanding Player has again had a stellar tournament and is leading the way for the Lady Rattlers who have made their way unscathed at 3-0.

Jessica Nathan went 3-for-4, to lead all hitters on the day. Amber Fullwood and Whitney Farris would card FAMU’s only other hits.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Rattlers shutout Troy with 6-0 win in regular season finale

The FAMU baseball team (20-23, 15-9 MEAC) scored all six of its runs on six hits in the first inning to shutout Troy University (26-23, 14-10 Sun Belt) 6-0 Wednesday at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Alabama. It was only the second time the Trojans had been shutout at home all season.

FAMU starter Ricky Page (1-0) pitched a gem for his first win of the season as he worked five scoreless innings and scattered three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Page faced just two batters over the minimum in the win.

FAMU out-hit Troy 8-5 as Logan Seymour led the Rattlers going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Monday, May 04, 2015

FAMU baseball wins MEAC Southern Division title with doubleheader sweep

FAMU (19-23, 15-9 MEAC) won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division title for the first time since 1997 after sweeping North Carolina A&T (9-36, 6-17 MEAC) by scores of 4-2 & 8-3 on Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

Winning the division will permit FAMU to have a First Round bye in next week’s MEAC Baseball Tournament.

The two wins on Sunday helped the Rattlers set a program record with 15 MEAC wins this season after previously setting the record with 14 in 2014.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

FAMU women take conference crown in 2015 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

The FAMU women’s track and field team won the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

FAMU Head Coach Darlene Moore was selected as the MEAC Women’s Track and Field Outstanding Coach.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rattler baseball completes sweep of NCCU with 9-4 win at Fenway Park

FAMU moved into first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division after completing a 3-0 sweep over North Carolina Central (19-25, 12-11 MEAC) by a score of 9-4 on Saturday at Fenway Park.

The Rattlers (17-22, 13-8 MEAC) scored six runs over the final four innings and Ryan Kennedy’s two-run home run over the Green Monster in the eighth inning sealed the win. The FAMU bullpen held NCCU scoreless and with just three hits over the final 3.2 innings.

Friday, April 24, 2015

FAMU baseball team arrives in Boston for historic series

Yesterday, a Boston Red Sox welcoming committee greeted the FAMU baseball team as it arrived in the Logan International Airport en route to a three game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series against North Carolina Central University. The welcoming committee presented t-shirts and hats to the student-athletes, Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, FAMU President Elmira Mangum, and Interim Athletic Director Earl D'Wayne Robinson.

The Rattlers (14-22, 10-8 MEAC) and North Carolina Central (19-22, 12-8 MEAC) are in a four-way battle for first place in the Southern Division, which is big since only the top three teams in each division advance to the MEAC tournament.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FAMU baseball to play on SECN+, NESN this week

The FAMU baseball team will play in two televised games this week.

Tonight, the Rattlers will face off against Auburn University in a contest that will be televised on the SEC Network + (SECN+). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, FAMU and North Carolina Central University will be in Boston, Mass., a 2:00 p.m. ET game that will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network (NESN). The teams will play in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shouppe sets new FAMU baseball coaching record for MEAC wins

Jamey Shouppe has led the FAMU baseball team to 24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) wins in two years, a new record for the program. The team is currently 14-21, overall, and 10-8 in the MEAC.

Shouppe is in his second year at FAMU. Back in 2014, he was named the MEAC Coach of the Year.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Rattlers showcase new Offense and Defense during Spring Football Game

Quarterback Carson Royal
The FAMU Spring Football Game went to the Offense, which edged past the Defense, 28-22 in Saturday’s wrap up to the 15 days of spring training under new Head Coach Alex Wood and his staff.

Redshirt junior quarterback Carson Royal (Yulee, Fla.) got most the snaps with the first team and it showed, as he completed 13 of 19 passes for 215 yards and a pair of scoring strikes – a 70-yarder to Montavious Williams (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the game’s first score, and a 28-yard completion to junior Jairockeis Jones (Bartow, Fla.) near the end of the session.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pugh sets new FAMU record in 400m hurdles, ranked #1 in MEAC

Dennis Pugh set a new school record for FAMU during the 400 meter hurdles race at the Pepsi Florida Relays at the University of Florida track complex on Saturday. He finished the event with a time of 50.97.

The performance made him the #1 fastest 400 meter hurdle athlete in this year’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rankings and 13th, overall, in the NCAA Division One National rankings.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

FAMU Athletics honors baseball seniors

The FAMU Department of Athletics honored five players during Senior Day for the baseball team at Moore-Kittles Field on Saturday. Michael Birdsong, Ryan Kennedy, Marlon Gibbs, Jeremy Barlow, Jared Walker, and Marcus Roberts all received commemorative framed photographs from the university.

The 2015 Rattler Baseball Reunion also took place on the same day. Rattler baseball alumni presented Head Coach Jamey Shouppe with a check for $2,700 to support the program.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Alec Wong named MEAC Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named FAMU baseball team member Alec Wong its Player of the Week.

Wong (INF, 5-6, Jr., Rockledge, Fla.) notched a .600 batting average (9-for-15), including two home runs and one double, with five runs and four RBI, against Troy and North Carolina A&T State.

Defensively, he recorded six putouts and nine assists, without an error.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rattlers looking to Lovejoy to lead defensive line

With the FAMU football team’s change from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense, Head Coach Alex Wood is looking to Michael Lovejoy play a leading role in controlling the line of scrimmage. 

“I’m looking forward to everyone learning the new defense and assignments and it all falling together,” said Lovejoy, a 6’4” 300 lb., senior defensive lineman from Pensacola, Fla. “I think the coaches have come in with a good mindset to improve from last year.  We have confidence that if we follow their lead, things will be better.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pereira named MEAC Pitcher of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named FAMU softball’s Kenya Pereira its Pitcher of the Week.

Pereira (P, 5-3, So., Kissimmee, Fla.) turned in a complete game, working 7.0 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.