Saturday, February 13, 2016

FAMU baseball handling expectations while improving field

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- For the first time in more than 20 years, Florida A&M’s baseball team will step on the field on opening day as the defending MEAC champion.

There are some extra expectations surrounding the team’s season, brought on by the group’s recent success under head coach Jamey Shouppe. In Shouppe’s second season at the helm, the Rattlers won their first MEAC title since 1994.

Shouppe, now in his third season, said he’s comfortable with his team heading into the Rattlers season opener against Marshall on Feb. 19 — but, of course, he’s looking for more success.

“As a coach, all you want to do is be comfortable,” he said.

“We’ll go down to Miami during the season and we’ll be comfortable. That doesn’t mean we’re going to come out of there winning two out of three, but that doesn’t mean we won’t. We’re comfortable with our pitchers. We’re comfortable with our lineup. We’ve got some depth. That’s exciting for us.”


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