Florida A&M Landed Six Players On The MEAC All-Conference Preseason Teams

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida A&M University baseball team, the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament champions, were predicted to finish second, the conference announced on Thursday.

The Rattlers also landed six players, four on the first team, on the all-conference preseason teams.

All awards were voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Florida A&M received three first-place votes and garnered 98 points as North Carolina A&T State, with nine first-place votes and 110 points, was chosen as the preseason favorite. Norfolk State (83), Bethune-Cookman (77), North Carolina Central (70), Coppin State (64), Delaware State (48) and Maryland Eastern Shore (26) rounded out the predicted order of finish.

Starting pitcher Kyle Coleman, catcher Tucker Rayburn, third baseman Octavien Moyer and utility player Jared Weber were named to the All-MEAC Preseason First Team, while relief pitcher Jeremiah McCollum and outfielder Seyjuan Lawrence were tabbed to the second team.

Coleman led the team in wins last season with six as he went 6-6 with a 3.52 ERA. He appeared in 17 games, with three complete games. The Altamonte Springs, Fla. native fanned a team-high 81 batters in 99.2 innings pitched.

Rayburn was fourth on the team in batting with a .286 average. He registered 62 hits, with nine doubles, five home runs and five triples. The Minneola, Fla. native scored 37 times and drove in 32. Defensively, the catcher recorded 287 putouts and a .978 fielding percentage.

Moyer led the Rattlers in batting last season with a .314 averaging in 239 at-bats. He finished with 75 hits, including a team-high 14 doubles, six home runs and one triple. In addition, he scored 46 times and drove in 27 runs. The Navarre, Fla. native registered 24 hit-by-pitches and drew 20 walks.

Weber batted .259 in 61 games last season. The Wakulla, Fla. native registered 62 hits, with 13 doubles, two triples and one home run. In addition, he drove in a team-best 48 runs and scored 62 times. On the mound, Weber appeared in one game, with one strikeout in 1.0 inning pitched.

McCollum led the conference in saves, posting 11 in 27 appearances. He went 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA. The Houston, Texas native fanned 33 batters in 32.2 innings pitched.

Lawrence was second on the team last season in batting with a .296 average in 226 plate appearances. He finished with 67 hits, including 13 doubles and one home run. The Tampa, Fla. native scored 46 times and drove in 27 and was 14-of-15 on stolen base attempts.

Joining Coleman, Rayburn, Moyer and Weber on the All-MEAC Preseason first team was Michael Johnson (North Carolina A&T State), Leon Davidson (North Carolina A&T State), Justin Banks (Coppin State) Alsander Womack (Norfolk State), Dustin Baber (North Carolina A&T State), Carter Williams (North Carolina Central), Caleb Ward (Norfolk State) and Miguel Rivera (Delaware State).

McCollum and Lawrence are joined on the second team by Ryan Miller (North Carolina Central), Aaron Rae (Coppin State), Ryne Stanley (North Carolina A&T State), Stephen Baughan (Norfolk State), John Weglarz (Delaware State), Jared Gillis (Delaware State), Tommy Jordan (Delaware State), Marcos Castillo (Coppin State), Josten Heron (Bethune-Cookman) and Cole Garey (Delaware State).

Florida A&M opens the season with three straight games at Moore-Kittles Field, starting on Feb. 17. The Rattlers will play a single game against South Florida at 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, followed by back-to-back days against Mercer.

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