Rattlers fall to Alabama State in the SWAC Championship game


NEW ORLEANS –– Florida A&M tennis fell short in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship, losing 4-3 to Alabama State.

The Rattlers took care of business early, winning the doubles point with wins over Sierra Sandy, Larissa Silva (6-2) and Rebekkah Gaines, Reagan Harris (6-3).

The Rattlers fell early in singles play as Sandy (6-0, 6-2) and Susan Salinas (6-2, 6-1) gave the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Wins by Harris (6-0, 1-6, 6-3) and Gaines (6-2, 2-6, 6-0) gave the Rattlers a 3-2 lead before Genesis Whitelock fell (7-6, 6- 0). 4).

Sara Rakim fought back from an early 1-0 (6-3) fall to level the score at 1-1 (7-5), but lost the final set 6-2.

Gaines and Harris were both named to the SWAC All-Tournament Team.

FAMU baseball falls to Alabama A&M, Rattlers win series 2-1

Senior True Fontenot had four goals, but the FAMU Rattlers fell 9-5 to the Alabama A&M Bulldogs on Sunday.

Junior Jacob Granger (3-2) started and took the loss on the mound for FAMU (20-19, 15-3). Junior Cody Williams was a bright spot out of the bullpen, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up two runs, both earned, on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

In addition to his four hits, Fontenot had a double and two RBI to lead the Rattlers. Graduate student Sebastian Greico also had a standout performance, going 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore Jordan also contributed for FAMU, collecting two hits in three trips to the plate and adding a double.

Trailing 7-0, the Rattlers put runs on the board for the first time in the fourth inning. FAMU scored twice in the inning on run-scoring doubles by Greico and Fontenot.

The Rattlers deficit grew to 8-2 before their offense got back on the scoreboard and narrowed that deficit in the sixth inning. Fontenot’s runscoring single highlighted an inning in which FAMU scored twice, narrowing the Bulldogs’ lead to 8-4.

FAMU kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard before closing the gap to 8-5 in the eighth. The Rattlers couldn’t get any closer as Alabama A&M added one point to their total en route to a 9-5 final.