Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Sunday, October 04, 2015

SSU picks up first-ever football win against FAMU, snaps 24-game losing streak

Savannah State won its first-ever football contest against Florida A&M on Saturday with a 37-27 victory at T.A. Wright Stadium.  

The win ended the Tigers’ 24-game, overall, losing streak and its 32-game losing streak in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). SSU’s most recent win was a 27-20 triumph against Fort Valley State in 2013.

Before Saturday, the last time SSU had won a conference game was when the Tigers defeated N.C. Central, 33-30, in 2011. It was SSU’s first official season in the MEAC.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Tigers score 23 unanswered points for 30-14 win over FAMU

The Tigers took advantage of good field position to charge back and steal a win over rival Florida A&M on Saturday night. Tennessee State improved to 3-1 with a 30-14 win over the FAMU (0-4) in front of 18,020 at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

Coming out of halftime, the Rattlers went for the big play on the second snap from scrimmage. Carson Royal found Kareem Smith for a 46 yard touchdown toss giving FAMU a 14-7 lead with 12:05 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

The Tigers would respond in a big way, by scoring 23 unanswered points.

Friday, September 18, 2015

SCSU shuts out FAMU for first time since 2010

Senior Bulldogs running back Jalen Simmons racked up game-high 190 yards on 16 carries, while teammate senior Dondre Lewis-Freeman eclipsed the 100-yard mark with 16 rushes for 105 yards and a touchdown to lead South Carolina State University (SCSU) to a 36-0 win over Florida A&M (0-3, 0-1 MEAC) Thursday Sept., 17 at O.C. Dawson Stadium.

The game, broadcast by ESPNU to a national audience, was FAMU’s first shutout loss to SCSU since 2010.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

FAMU fights hard in 58-21 loss to Samford

Florida A&M (0-2, 0-0 MEAC) battled to hold onto an early lead against Samford on Saturday, but finished with a 58-21 loss at Seibert Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.

Devin Bowers rushed 10 times for 144 yards and a touchdown. Carson Royal completed 11-of-25 passes for 143 yards and two interceptions.

Akil Blount picked off a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. The score gave the Rattlers a 7-3 lead with 9:42 left in the first quarter. Gerald Hearns scored on a one-yard run with 48 seconds to go in the first quarter to give the Rattlers a 14-10 lead over the Bulldogs.

Samford posted 41 unanswered points until Bowers scored on a 73-yard run with 7:20 left in the fourth quarter to cut the Samford lead to 51-21.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Rattlers drop season opener 51-3 to USF Bulls

The FAMU Rattlers opened the Coach Alex Wood with a gutsy effort in their 51-3 loss to the University of South Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night.

While the final score might give the impression of a runaway win for the homestanding Bulls (1-0), FAMU showed some mettle on defense, keeping the Bulls at bay most of the first half before fatigue finally set in.

Wood felt the game provided an evaluation of several aspects of his team. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

FAMU VB features World Championships trio

Pamela Soriano (2nd from left) poses with her Dominican Republic teammates at World Championships
With the 2015 regular season opener just a week away, the FAMU women’s volleyball program boast three players who gained valuable international playing experience this summer in the World Volleyball Championships.

Lady Rattlers Pamela Soriano, a 5-10 sophomore outside hitter from the Dominican Republic, and 6-3 senior middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez, from Lima, Peru, who are preseason All-MEAC picks, and a two-time first team All-MEAC selection (2013, 2014), and incoming freshman libero Valentina Carrasco from Lima, Peru, represented their countries and FAMU in the international championships.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rattler football players donate clothing to needy

FAMU football team members visited the newly opened Kearney Center yesterday morning to donate clothing they collected for local needy citizens.

The FAMU players, who were accompanied by Assistant Coach D.J. McCarthy and team academic advisor Anthony Williams, met with Center Director Monique Ellsworth, who accepted the donation. Ellsworth also explained the various services provided by the center before giving the group a grand tour of the facility.

Rattler senior linebacker Akil Blount led his teammates in collecting clothing from the community for donation. Blount is a finalist for the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Hands Team which honors college football players who balance athletics, academics and community service.

The Kearney Center accepts donations of clothing for the homeless. It works in cooperation with Goodwill Industries, which issues vouchers to clients in the center to select items to meet their needs.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pamela Soriano named MEAC Preseason Player of the Year

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named FAMU sophomore outside hitter Pamela Soriano its Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year. The MEAC also predicted that Howard University will win the Northern Division and FAMU will win the Southern Division.
FAMU received 22 first-place votes and posted a 9-1 record in the Southern Division and 13-15 overall finish last year.  The Lady Rattlers will be anchored by Soriano and 2014 All-MEAC First Team middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Former FAMU golfers featured on Golf Channel's new show “Altered Course”

Two FAMU golfers will make their television debuts on June 15, on the Golf Channel. Wesley “Wes” Yates and Shepherd “Shep” Archie III, both graduates of FAMU and former members of the Rattler golf team, will be paired together as contestants on a new reality show and golf competition called “Altered Course.”

The show features extraordinary hole layouts, exceeding 700 yards, while racing against time.  The show will challenge the players’ golf skills, physical fitness and strength in strategy. The two were in town recently, with a Golf Channel camera crew in tow, filming a preview segment for the show.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

FAMU baseball season comes to an end with loss to #21 Florida Atlantic

FAMU (23-25) watched its season come to an end with an 8-1 loss to #21 Florida Atlantic (41-18) in the NCAA Gainesville Regional at McKethan Stadium on Saturday.

Marlon Gibbs went 2-for-3 with a walk on the day and was 3-for-7 in the two games of the Gainesville Regional for FAMU.

Rattler starter Ryan Anderson (1-4) worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and one strikeout. Both runs came on two hits with two walks in the fourth inning.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rattler baseball prepares for FAU after tough loss to Gators

FAMU pitcher Ricky Page
FAMU (23-24) only managed three hits against the No. 3 University of Florida (45-16) pitching in a 19-0 loss in front of 3,833 fans at McKethan Stadium on Friday night. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional opening round loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Rattlers.

FAMU will face Florida Atlantic (40-18) on Saturday at 1:00 PM in an elimination game of the Gainesville Regional. The game will be televised on ESPN3.

The Rattlers only had five base runners on three hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch on the night, with three of them making it to second base.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gators not taking Rattlers lightly as NCAA Regional opener approaches

Jeremy Barlow at bat against UF in 2014
Making its 31st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional appearance and school-record eighth in a row under Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan, the top-seeded University of Florida (44-16) will face fourth-seeded FAMU (23-23) at 7 p.m.

Back in 2014, FAMU upset the then No. 6-ranked Gators 4-3 in Gainesville. The two teams did not meet during this year’s regular season because their scheduled game was rained out.

O’Sullivan said he and his players are ready for the Rattler team coached by Jamey Shouppe. Shouppe’s team won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title this year and earned its first-ever NCAA Regional tournament berth.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FAMU baseball to face No. 4 seed UF in NCAA tourney opener

The FAMU baseball team celebrates its upset win over UF in 2014
The FAMU baseball team (23-23, 15-9 MEAC) is set to make its first-ever National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament appearance as it travels to Gainesville to face the University of Florida (44-16, 19-11 SEC) at McKethan Stadium on Friday, May 29. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and will be televised live on the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Network.

FAMU will be the No. 4 seed in the Gainesville Regional, while UF is the No. 1 seed after earning the No. 4 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Rattlers trail UF 1-18 in the all-time, but that first win came in their most recent game against the Gators in 2014. FAMU pulled off an upset with a score of 4-3 over the then-No. 6 ranked UF in Gainesville.

“They were good last year. They’re playing extremely well. It’s going to take a real strong effort on the part of our student-athletes to go down there and pull the upset off again. We won’t sneak up on them again,” Head Coach Jamey Shouppe said in statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.

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.”