SALISBURY, MD. – Florida A&M (26-24, 14-10 MEAC) will open the MEAC Baseball Championship Tournament on Wednesday, May 17 at 3:30 PM as the Tournament's No. 5 overall seed. The Rattlers will square off against Delaware State (20-23, 14-10 MEAC) in the opening round. FAMU is making their fourth consecutive trip to the Championship Tournament under Head Coach Jamey Shouppe, who led the program to their first ever NCAA Regional with a MEAC Conference Championship in 2015.
FAMU will be looking to claim another MEAC Championship and automatic bid to an NCAA Regional after a disappointing 1-2 showing in last year's tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. In 2016, the Rattlers had a historic season and set a program record with 19-5 conference mark before an early exit in the tournament.
In his first three seasons, Jamey Shouppe has led the Rattlers to a 6-4 record in the MEAC Championship Tournament. This will be the first time Shouppe has been the No. 3 seed out of the Southern Division.
FAMU has had another strong season, proven by their MEAC-best eight ALL-MEAC selections. The Conference announced on Tuesday that Ben Ellzey, Aubrey McCarty, Kaycee Reese, Dallas Oliver, and Willis McDaniel garnered Second Team Honors, while Ryan Anderson, Hunter Fillingim, and Garrett Wilkinson claimed Third Team Honors.
Florida A&M also had great success in the classroom as 10 players were awarded All-Academic Honors. JoJo Durden, Ben Ellzey, Hunter Fillingim, Jamie Grant, Chase Jarrell, Dexter Martin, Jacky Miles Jr., Travis Richardson, Danny Rodriguez, and Ty Russ were each honored by the Conference on Wednesday morning.
All tournament games will be played at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland. For more information on the 2017 MEAC Baseball Championship, including live stats, updated brackets, full schedules, and photo galleries, visit the MEAC Baseball Championship Central page at www.MEACsports.com.
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