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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

FAMU to open 2019 season against UCF Knights

Florida A&M University (FAMU) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) jointly announced an agreement to open the 2019 football campaign during week one  at Spectrum Stadium.

The Rattlers and Knights recently finalized the terms of the deal, which will bring the two Sunshine State powers together for the first time since 1987.

FAMU won the previous encounter 19-14 in Bragg Memorial Stadium, when the Rattlers were members of NCAA Division I-AA (now Football Championship Subdivision or FCS) and the Knights were part of NCAA Division Two.

In the decades since that last meeting, UCF has since transitioned to NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision).

FAMU Director of Athletics John Eason said, “This is a great season opening matchup between one of the top Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in UCF and a re-emerging Football Championship Subdivision contender in FAMU. It is a ‘win-win’ for Florida’s football fans, alumni and supporters of both schools.”

Monday, June 18, 2018

FAMU baseball receives new scoreboard from SGA

Florida A&M Head Baseball Coach Jamey Shouppe was recently all smiles, much like a kid waiting to unwrap gifts under a Christmas tree on Christmas Day.  FAMU baseball received its brand new Daktronics scoreboard which will be in place for Fall baseball 2018 and the 2019 baseball season.

The massive board will replace the previous one which has over two decades of service at Moore-Kittles Field. “I’m so appreciative of the FAMU SGA under the leadership of Devin Harrison and their desire to do this.  We didn’t have to push it very hard.  They jumped right on it and we’re very proud and appreciative that they purchased this for us,” Shouppe said.

Former Student Government Association (SGA) President Devin Harrison, who is in Charlotte, NC on internship, was overwhelmed that this was coming to fruition.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nine FAMU baseball players receive MEAC All-Academic honors

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently announced the 2018 Baseball All-Academic Selections, honoring 115 student-athletes from the conference’s nine baseball institutions who achieved academic success during the 2017-18 academic year.

Nine Florida A&M University baseball players were included on the list. They are: William Brooks, John Capra, Carl Carlson, Hunter Fillingim, Brett Maxwell, Octavien Moyer, Dallas Oliver, Kodi Russ, and Kolton Russ.

MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

“I am excited to congratulate our baseball student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during this academic school year,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “In addition to recognizing the student-athletes’ achievements, I also commend the institutions’ academic support staffs, coaches and parents for their support in the success of these student-athletes both on the diamond and in the classroom.”

Friday, May 18, 2018

Six Rattlers named to All-MEAC Baseball Team

Six FAMU baseball players were recently named to the 2018 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Team.

Four Rattlers earned first team honors: senior catcher Jacky Miles, Jr., junior outfielder Jordan Curtis, senior outfielder Dallas Oliver and sophomore relief pitcher Dylan Carlson.

Senior first baseman Brian Davis was named to the Second team, while senior starting pitcher Thomas Nicoll was named to the Third team.

Friday, May 11, 2018

John Capra named MEAC Baseball Player of the Week

John Capra has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Player of the Week for week thirteen of the 2018 baseball season.

Capra had a big weekend in Durham, North Carolina against the Eagles of NC Central. He scored his first run of the weekend on a Jordan Curtis single to third in the fifth inning of game one. Capra scored again in the ninth on a Jordan Curtis sacrifice bunt as part of a Florida A&M University five-run ninth inning on the way to a 7-4 win.

He drove in his first run of the weekend on a seventh inning single up the middle that scored Malachi Mitchell in game two.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Ajax donates $10,000 for FAMU baseball clubhouse renovations

Ajax Building Corporation recently donated $10,000 to Florida A&M University in support of renovations for the baseball clubhouse. Ted Parker, Ajax director of community outreach, presented Head Coach Jamey Shouppe with the check in Moore-Kittles Baseball Complex.

Shouppe led an effort to raise money to build a baseball clubhouse, which opened in January 2016. The project had a price tag of about $30,000 and its donors included the 220 Quarterback Club, which gave $10,000.

The Hill-Brinson Clubhouse consists of portable units that were brought to Moore-Kittles Field and renovated.

Monday, May 07, 2018

FAMU wins 2018 MEAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship

A strong Thursday and Friday, and a late push on Saturday, propelled Florida A&M to the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field championship at the Irwin Belk Track.

The Lady Rattlers tallied 179.5 points, while the Aggies had 179 points.

Florida A&M won its third title in four years and its 12th overall.

Darlene Moore was named the meet’s Outstanding Coach. Taylor Gorum was named the Outstanding Field Performer.

Friday, May 04, 2018

FAMU and Southern University to renew football rivalry

One of the longest standing non-conference rivalries in Black College Football history will be renewed in September of 2019, as the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers will take to the field against the Southern University Jaguars of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the first time since 2012.

FAMU and Southern jointly announced the initial home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, which begins with a date in venerable Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, September 21, 2019, followed by the return date at A.W. “Ace” Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge on September 12, 2020.

FAMU and Southern have met four times on the gridiron since the yearly series was suspended in 2001, once in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge in 2007 and twice in the Atlanta Football Classic in 2011 and 2012.  The last meeting between the Jaguars and the Rattlers on the schools’ respective campuses occurred in 2008, when FAMU edged Southern 52-49 in a high scoring road win in Baton Rouge, La.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

FAMU tennis trio earns All-MEAC honors

Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) Tennis players were named this week to the 2018 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams in advance of the MEAC Tennis Championships.

A pair of men’s Tennis players – juniors Noureldin Adam and Frederico Nani – and one women’s performer -  junior Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy - were recognized by the league’s coaches and media relations directors voting on the team.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

FAMU places 107 student-athletes on MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently its All-Academic Team.  With a mission of supporting our students, who happen to be athletes, we are proud of all 107 student-athletes who attained this recognition.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that our student-athletes are getting it done off the field,” Director of Athletics John Eason said. “The classroom is where real champions are built.  Our young ladies and young men come to FAMU to get an education first, and this shows that they are getting it done.  The biggest play they can make at FAMU, is crossing that stage at graduation.”

1,366 student-athletes from the conference’s 13 member institutions who achieved academic success during the spring 2017 and fall 2017 semesters were honored. The team honors student-athletes, including sophomores to seniors, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

7,622 fans cheer on Rattlers during Orange and Green game

A crowd of 7,622 fans came to Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. cheer on the Rattlers during the Orange and Green game.

“This was a really great turnout,” said Head Coach Willie Simmons. “The atmosphere was amazing. I’m really encouraged about the direction we’re headed in and looking forward to a great offseason and hopefully continue to build in our quest to win a MEAC championship.”

FAMU Sports Hall of Famer Ken Riley drove up from Bartow to deliver the pre-game speech. He and FAMU Director of Athletics John Eason played together under legendary Head Coach Jake Gaither. Also in attendance was former ESPN and Fox Sports anchor Fred Hickman as well as Simmons’ wife, Shaia, and their children.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

FAMU golfers place third in MEAC championship

The Florida A&M University men’s golf team shot a final round 301 on Saturday to finish third overall in the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship on the Championship Golf Course at the Crosswinds Golf Club.

FAMU (292-315-301=908) had tied for the first round lead with defending champion and 2018 tournament winner Augusta (292-288-281), which captured the title with a 54-hole total of three under 861, shooting a 281 on Saturday.

Bethune-Cookman University (301-302-291) finished second behind Augusta with a three-day total of 894, while host Savannah State placed fourth (303-319-303) with a 925 total.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Oliver dominates in FAMU baseball's series clinching win over Bethune-Cookman

After splitting their Saturday double header, Florida A&M came into Sunday looking to win its second series over the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman.

The Rattlers jumped on top with a run in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Octavien Moyer hit a ground ball to short stop to drive in Dallas Oliver, giving FAMU an early 1-0 lead.

They would tack on two more runs in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff infield singe by Bret Maxwell and another single by Ty Russ, Dallas Oliver hit a two-RBI double to left center to extend the lead to 3-0.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bowers named MEAC Softball Player of the Week

Florida A&M’s Tyra Bowers was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Player of the Week, the conference announced yesterday.

Bowers (OF, Jr., Eustis, Fla.) led the MEAC with 10 hits while sporting a .667 average (10-of-15) as Florida A&M finished the week with a 3-1 record. The junior outfielder stole four bases while scoring six runs and driving in a pair of RBI with two doubles. She also added a triple and drew two walks.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Myles Rouse stepping into leadership role with FAMU offensive line

Myles Rouse has made quite a transformation from the middle of last season to spring practice. Early last year, he was not getting much playing time. As the season passed the halfway point, Rouse began to get valuable reps in games. His improvement was evident as his playing time increased over the course of last season.

Coming into this spring, the redshirt junior from Atlanta, Ga., will be expected to be one of the anchors of the offensive line.

“Myles is an upcoming senior and we’ll be looking to him for a lot of leadership. He’s been having a great Spring at right tackle for us. We’re doing some things differently and he’s doing very well with that and leading the way for us,” said Alex Jackson, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

FAMU softball takes 4-2 Sunday win, series from A&T

The Florida A&M University women’s softball team scored three first inning runs Sunday morning which proved to be enough as they clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series from visiting North Carolina A&T, 4-2 at the FAMU Softball Complex.

FAMU (16-22, 8-1 MEAC South Division) maintained at least a two game division lead with Sunday’s win, while A&T (7-27, 4-5 MEAC) held onto the third spot in the division behind Bethune-Cookman.

In the first inning, Jamesia Stoudemire’s RBI triple, scored Tyra Bowers with the game’s first run. Taylor Rosier followed with an RBI single to plate Stoudemire for a 2-0 lead, then later in the inning, Yurie Hampton drew a bases loaded walk ro score Rosier for a 3-0 lead.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

FAMU softball 6-0 in MEAC after sweep of SCSU

Taylor Rosier carded 6 hits in the weekend series
The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (13-20, 6-0 MEAC) took both games of a doubleheader to sweep the South Carolina State Lady Bulldogs (1-17, 1-5 MEAC) in the home opening MEAC series at the Lady Rattler Softball Complex.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Taylor Rosier went two-for-four to lead FAMU from the plate.  The junior third baseman also scored a run and was responsible for an RBI.  Toni Anderson, Edrienne Williams and Yuri Hampton each reached base safely to round out the five hits for FAMU.  Jamesia Stoudemire scored two runs with Rosier and Williams scored the other two.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

FAMU softball sweeps NCCU in MEAC opener

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) women’s softball team successfully opened the defense of its 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title with a three-game series sweep of North Carolina Central University at Thomas Brooks Park.

FAMU (10-20 overall, 3-0 MEAC) won Friday’s opener, 4-1, then wrapped up the series with a doubleheader sweep Saturday morning, 5-3 and 10-6.

In Friday’s 4-1 win, the defending MEAC champions and preseason favorites doubled up NCCU, 8-4, in the hit column on the way to the three-run victory. In Saturday’s  5-3 and 10-6 doubleheader sweep by FAMU, the Rattlers finished with 23 hits in the games moved to early morning to avoid showers and thunderstorms forecast for later in the afternoon.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FAMU baseball wins second straight MEAC series

Coming off a 13-5 win, FAMU came into game three of their series with Savannah State looking to win its second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series in two weekends.

After three scoreless innings of play, the Rattlers drew first blood in the fourth thanks to an inside-the-park homerun to left center by John Capra.

Savannah State took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jalen Atterbury drove in Freddie Landers with an infield single to the second baseman. Marcus Mitchell later walked with the bases loaded to force in Bryce Luken, making it a 2-1 game in favor of the Tigers.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

FAMU softball team prepares to defend its MEAC title

The Florida A&M University softball team, which has won four consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, is preparing to defend its title again this season.

After this weekend’s University of South Florida Tournament, 19 games will remain on the FAMU schedule. 15 of the contests are MEAC Southern Division games. FAMU is also the reigning Southern Division champion.

Pitching has been key to the FAMU efforts thus far, as the duo of senior Veronica Burse (3-10, 3.88 ERA, with 40 strikeouts in 77.2 innings) and sophomore newcomer Kyaira Brown (3-6, 3.52 ERA in 69.2 innings with 40 Ks) have been tough on opposing teams.

Standouts so far on the offensive side include junior infielder Lauren Williams (.417, 20 hits, 2 HRs, four doubles, 11 RBI), junior outfielder Tyra Bowers (.316, 18 hits, five stolen bases), junior infielder Taylor Rosier (.286, 14 hits, four doubles, seven RBI), and freshman third baseman Hera Varmah (.267, 12 hits, 2 HRs, four doubles, 10 RBI).