FAMU hopeful slow start not a sign of things to come on diamond

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
February 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Entering Tuesday's home opener, the Florida A&M baseball team was looking to shake off a rough start to their season after dropping all three games in the season-opening Andre Dawson Classic in New Orleans.

In FAMU's home opener, the team is looking to show some juice against Missouri, coming into town from the SEC.

Despite early struggles to start the year, FAMU skipper Jamey Shouppe has confidence in his team. Yes, from what he's seen in practice on the field, but also what the Rattlers have accomplished off the field.

"I like the baseball club, I like the heart of this club," Shouppe said. "A couple of indicates were the GPA we had; we had, I think, 22 or 24 guys out of our 35 made a 3.0 or better in the fall semester. And then, after Hurricane Michael, our guys really chipped in and helped out the local communities. It was good to see, so the heart of the team is good. We're just ready to play."

Tuesday's game against Mizzou marks the start of a six-game homestand. Mercer comes to Tallahassee for a Wednesday matchup and then the Rattlers host Alcorn State for a four-game weekend series.

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