Florida A&M canceled its last six baseball games because of a cas
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida A&M canceled its last six baseball games because of a cash shortage and overly optimistic scheduling.
The Rattlers will end their season Saturday and Sunday at South Florida. They will cancel a game with Valdosta State and two against South Florida scheduled for Tallahassee and three that were to be played at Florida Atlantic.
``The athletic department had a budget cut last year and we thought we were a little better off this year,″ said coach Joe Durant. ``We just ran out of money. That’s the bottom line.″
Florida A&M had scheduled the last six games for early May as a tune-up for an anticipated appearance in an NCAA regional play-in game. That was based on an assumption the Rattlers would get an automatic bid by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
But Coppin State eliminated Florida A&M from the conference tournament 10-5 last weekend.
``We did a poor job of scheduling,″ athletic director Ken Riley acknowledged. He said it wouldn’t happen again.
The Rattlers had won the last four MEAC conference tournaments but fell to a 24-24 record this year after losing their first 15 games.
The school’s softball team contributed to the money crunch by winning its MEAC tournament and qualifying for an NCAA play-in game in May. The athletic department had only enough money to house one team in May after the school year is over.