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Saturday, March 18, 2017

FAMU track teams perform well at 66th annual FAMU Relays

The Florida A&M men and women’s track and field teams fared well during the 66th installment of the FAMU Relays at the Robert “Pete” Griffin Track complex . 

On the women’s side, the Lady Rattlers began the defense of their two consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a solid performance. With a well-rounded squad, Head Coach Darlene Moore, now director of track and field for both teams, has put together what is sure to be a solid unit, vying for a three-peat

“The young ladies have been working hard and looking forward to outdoor season.  We didn’t quite finish where we wanted at the MEAC Indoor Championship, but I think that has inspired them all to train harder and do better.  We were all ready to perform at home, in front of our crowd at the FAMU Relays,” Moore said

Friday, March 17, 2017

Rattlers celebrate historic win and record-breaking coach

By Brian Lucas
Florida A&M University

Fans and supporters of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Softball Team gathered on the steps of Lee Hall Wednesday to celebrate the accomplishments of legendary Coach Veronica Wiggins.

Now in her 26th season as the team’s coach, Wiggins earned her 700th victory during the Puerto Rico Classic Softball Tournament this past weekend. The latest victory places Wiggins in uncharted territory. She is now the first historically Black college or university Division I coach to reach 700 wins.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FAMU tops first weekly HBCU baseball Top 10 poll

Florida A&M University topped the first edition of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season Top 10 baseball poll in the large school division as announced by Black College Nines on March 14, 2017.

The Rattlers have had some incredible come-from behind walk-off wins this season including a 9-run ninth-inning game tying 12-12 score which went into extras before a 13-12 walk-off win against East Tennessee State. FAMU received the most first-place votes and total points in the “large school” division which is made up of NCAA Division I baseball programs.  Right behind Florida A&M is the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bethune Cookman University (9-6).

Monday, March 13, 2017

FAMU out of MEAC women’s basketball tournament following 59-42 loss

The 2016-17 season ended for the FAMU women’s basketball team (13-19) as it was defeated 59-42 to the No.1 seeded Bethune-Cookman (21-9) at the Scope Arena.

Guard Florence Outtara led the Rattlers as the only player in double-digit scoring with 11 points. Senior forward Alicia McCray scored nine points, while Shakerrya Morrison chipped in eight.

“We’ve got an overall young team here,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said. “None of them have the experience of going this far and we saw firsthand how each team steps it up when it comes to the MEAC Tournament. We played hard today.”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rattler football to hold first spring training period in 2 years

The FAMU Football team will hold its first formal Spring Training period in two years from Friday, March 24 through Saturday, April 15.

Head Coach Alex Wood and his staff will put the 2017 Rattler prospects through their paces during a 10-day schedule which will feature a number of early morning sessions in Bragg Stadium, along with mid-morning Saturday practices leading up to the Spring Game.

This is first formal spring training for FAMU since Spring 2015. The team was restricted from Spring drills in 2016 due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions, which were lifted during the Fall.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stoudamire named MEAC Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M University freshman Jamesia Stoudamire was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Stoudamire (INF, 5-9, Fr., Lake Wales, Fla.) went 6-for-12 at the plate in four games against Troy and Mercer. She hit two home runs in a doubleheader against Mercer. She also stole two bases and drew two walks.

Friday, March 10, 2017

FAMU cruises past Norfolk State in 80-73 MEAC quarterfinal win

Florence Outtara was one of the leaders for FAMU as it strolled past Norfolk State, 80-73
The No. 4 seeded Florida A&M Rattler women (13-18) won for the fifth time in six games Thursday, putting on a torrid fourth quarter scoring surge to eliminate No. 5 Norfolk State, 80-73 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said she had to fire up her team to get them going. 

“I had to use some choice words to jolt my team into action. They just came out flat. After challenging our spark plug, forward Shakerrya Morrison, it spilled over to the rest of the team. I never have to get Victoria (Nguyen) going, I actually have to calm her down most of the time. At some point I felt we were in sync and we began to play Rattler basketball,” Gibson said.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Rattlers out MEAC basketball tourney after 82-78 OT loss to SCSU

The Florida A&M Rattlers fought from down by 10 points in the first half to a tie at the end of regulation, before losing 82-78 to the South Carolina State University in the opening round of the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Championships at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Desmond Williams, put on one of his most impressive displays to date, scoring 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.  Marcus Barham scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field, while Justin Ravenel scored 12 points on efficient 4-of-7 shooting from the field.  Two of Ravenel’s baskets were three-pointers, while Barham chipped in one.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Brian Davis named MEAC Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has selected Florida A&M junior Brian Davis as its Baseball Player of the Week.

Davis (5-10, 195, Jr., Pensacola, Fla.) hit .471 (8-for-17) in helping the Rattlers go 4-1 this past week, including a two-game sweep of Mercer and winning two of three against East Tennessee State. He drove in 10 runs for the week, including five in the second game against Mercer, and he hit a home run in the series opener against East Tennessee State. Davis had three multi-hit games, and he scored six runs.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Davis homerun leads FAMU past ETSU, 7-3

In baseball, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. That was the case Friday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field as Florida A&M (8-2) beat East Tennessee State (6-3) by a score of 7-3, taking the first game of the three-game series.

In what looked like a hopeless scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and nobody on base, Kaycee Reese worked a walk in a tremendous 10-pitch at bat. John Capra then hit a ground ball to the shortstop on what appeared to be an inning-ending play, but Reese hustled his way to second base, beating the shortstop to the bag, extending the inning. The next hitter, Brian Davis, put an exclamation point on the inning, launching a three-run homerun over the right field fence, surging the Rattlers ahead of the Buccaneers by a score of 6-3.

That would be all the runs FAMU would need as relievers Jamie Grant (3-0) and Hunter Fillingim were outstanding once again.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lady Rattlers upset MEAC No. 2 Spartans, 59-51

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers stunned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) second place Spartans of Norfolk State 59-51 on Saturday at the Al Lawson Center.

FAMU was paced by junior Shakerrya Morrison and senior Alicia McCray, who each carded a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. McCray added six blocks in her best defensive output of the season.

“I’ve been waiting all season on her to play like that,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said of McCray.  “It was a good team effort to beat a solid Norfolk State team.  I’ve felt all year that this team could beat any team in our conference.  It’s not easy to explain why we seem to drop games we surely should have won, while occasionally winning ones we weren’t expected to,” Gibson added.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FAMU v. Arkansas game moved to Thursday

Florida A&M and Arkansas will be part of the first Thursday night of the 2017 college football season when they play in Little Rock. Originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Sept. 2, the Razorbacks’ season opener at War Memorial Stadium will now be played on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

It marks the first time since 2001 that Arkansas will open the season on a Thursday night. Arkansas defeated UNLV in the 2001 season opener. It will also be the program’s first Thursday night game since 2003 when Arkansas took down South Carolina, 28-6. Both of those games were also played at War Memorial Stadium.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shouppe and Rattler baseball team ready for 2017 season

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

After a 31-21 season last year, losing only 7 of their 26 home games, and 5 of their 24 conference games, the Florida A&M University Rattler baseball team is hitting the field once again, looking to dominate in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Although many of the same players who contributed to the Rattlers’ most wins since 2003 are returning to bat, pitch or catch this season, the absence of one major player will be felt.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UCF Knights escape Pereira, FAMU, 2-1

The FAMU women’s softball team dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to host the University of Central Florida in the UCF Softball Invitational Saturday night.

The game was a rematch from Friday, which also went to UCF, 10-2 in six inning, but this time though, the FAMU Women were determined to force a different outcome.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rattlers rally, hold off slumping Aggies, 83-77

The FAMU men’s basketball team caught fire in the second half here Saturday, scoring 49 points to rally past struggling North Carolina A&T, 83-77 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at the Corbett Sports Center.

FAMU (7-17, 5-6 MEAC) trailed 37-34 at the half, after shooting 42 percent (12 of 28) to the Aggies’ 50 percent (15 of 30).

The Rattlers turned the tables in the second in all phases offensively, shooting a robust 56 percent (14 of 25) from the floor, 75 percent (3 of 4) from distance, and most importantly, 94.7 percent (18 of 19) from the free throw line.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

FAMU softball drops 4-2 season opener to #20 Kentucky

The FAMU women’s softball team opened the 2017 season Friday morning with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to the No. 20 University of Kentucky in the first game of the UCF Softball Invitational at the UCF Softball Complex.

FAMU junior designated player Toni Anderson broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh when she belted a solo homer to give the Rattler women a 2-1 lead headed into the bottom of the seventh.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hornets sting Rattlers in MEAC overtime thriller

Nick Severado grabs a rebound over a Hornet player
By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattler Basketball team (6-17) faced off against the Delaware State Hornets (8-18) in a conference match up, resulting in a 77-80 loss, giving the Hornets their second win in a row in overtime.

It was a battle from the beginning, as the Rattlers fought to get and keep leads on the Hornets, who they defeated 81-68 in Dover barely a week ago.

Friday, February 10, 2017

FAMU softball team continues to support South Side families through its volunteer work

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins and the FAMU softball team volunteering at Bethel AME
By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M University softball team is no stranger to community service. For years, the team has had a tradition of volunteering with the local Bethel AME Church, working hard to provide complete Thanksgiving meals for local low-income families on the South Side of Tallahassee.

This is just a portion of their numerous local contributions.  Each season, they designate a game “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” where they honor those afflicted with the disease.  They also participate in “Trunk or Treat,” a community-oriented festival for youth to visit the campus and enjoy a safe Halloween experience.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Lady Rattlers extend streak to six by downing Hornets

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (7-16) clinched yet another conference win against the Delaware State Hornets (3-21) on Monday in the Lawson Center with a 69-61 victory.

Despite some difficulties early on, the Lady Rattlers managed to leave the Hornets to trail for the large majority of the game. By the end of the first quarter, junior guard Shakerrya Morrison had already out-rebounded the entire Hornets team with nine.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Rattlers drop Bison, 78-66, to complete series sweep

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattler Basketball team (6-16) used a team effort to best the Howard Bison (5-18), handing the Bison their fourth consecutive loss.

Leading early on, the Rattlers fought to keep their lead against the Bison, who they defeated 78-66 on Howard’s home court in their first conference game on Jan. 4th.