By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 19, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – For the first time since 2015, the Florida A&M Rattlers are heading to the NCAA Tournament.
They beat the Norfolk State Spartans in back-to-back games to win the 2019 MEAC Tournament Championship, FAMU’s second under Jamey Shouppe.
FAMU would start the doubleheader with a comeback 5-4 victory over NSU, forcing a decisive winner-take-all championship game.
In game two, the Rattlers offense would explode early, tacking on six runs in the top of the first, powered by six hits and three Spartan errors. From there, FAMU would tack on an insurance run in both the third and the fifth innings for the 8-1 final.
On the mound, the hero was right handed pitcher Kyle Coleman. The junior would go the distance for the orange and green, striking out nine Norfolk State batters and allowing just one run on six hits to pick up his sixth win of the season.
The Rattlers now await their NCAA Tournament destination, which will be revealed during the tournament selection show on Memorial Day.