Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Shouppe issues challenge to Rattlers after team swept by Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida A&M baseball coach Jamey Shouppe didn’t sleep much Sunday night.

Shouppe said he was perplexed by his team after the Rattlers were swept by No. 3 Miami in Coral Gables. FAMU had its chances to steal a game from one of top teams in the nation, but the Rattlers were repeatedly undone by their own mistakes.

The Rattlers (24-17, 14-4 MEAC) are still in the driver’s seat in the MEAC’s Southern Division, but Shoupe said he was disappointed in his group after a lackluster showing against an ACC title contender.

FAMU’s magic number to ensure the top spot in the Southern Division is four, meaning any combination of four Florida A&M wins and Bethune-Cookman losses (within the MEAC) will guarantee the Rattlers a No. 1 seed in the upcoming MEAC tournament.

“I was just disappointed,” Shouppe said about the team’s series against Miami.

“I think we’re better than that. I had planed on going down there and winning at least one if not more. Miami is a good team, and it’s always difficult to play on the road. I wasn’t pleased at the way we got after it and approached the game.”


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