Panthers Sweep Doubleheader against Stony Brook
2/16/2013 9:40:00 PM

Photo of Ty Sullivan by Sam Lewis

Game 1 - FIU 10, SB 4 | Game 2 - FIU 3, SB 0


MIAMI (Feb. 16, 2013) – The Panthers pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits in a 10-4 win over the Stony Brook Seawolves in the opening game of the 2013 season.

“The first game, 10-4, looks like you won easily, but that was close for seven innings,” FIU Head Coach Turtle Thomas said. “They didn’t go to the [College] World Series for nothing last year.”

The Panthers were led by Oscar Aguirre who had a team-high three hits while Nathan Burns drove in a team-high four runs. Four Panthers had multi-hit games. FIU hurler Ty Sullivan earned his first-career victory for the Panthers, pitching four innings of two-hit ball in relief of starter Mike Ellis. Sullivan struck out six Seawolves while Ellis fanned seven.

“They [Stony Brook] were really patient hitters, but when they got their pitch, they were attacking it,” Sullivan said. “Our whole team was outstanding today. It was so much fun to be a part of something like that.”

After a rain out on Friday night, the Panthers were ready for the Seawolves in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. In the bottom of the first, Josh Anderson drove in FIU’s first run of the year with an RBI double scoring Burns. Edwin Rios tacked on a second run with an RBI double to score Anderson and take a 2-0 lead after one.

Stony Brook tied the game with one swing of the bat when Michael Hubbard took FIU starter Ellis deep for a two-run home run in the second.

The Panthers broke the 2-2 tie when Zach Sweety scored on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Burns in the third. Sweety reached base on a hit-by-pitch earlier in the inning.  

The Seawolves tied it for the second time, 3-3, in the third inning, scoring on an FIU fielding error and then took a one-run lead in the fourth.  

Tyler James Shantz tied the score at 4-4 in the fifth with an RBI groundout scoring Aramis Garcia from third. Garcia reached base on a one-out double earlier in the inning.

Burns gave FIU a 6-4 advantage in the sixth when he hit a chopper over the right side of the infield scoring Aguirre and Julius Gaines. Aguirre drove in FIU’s seventh run of the game on a single to center. Sweety scored from second on the play after reaching on a single. Tyler Hibbert padded the lead to 9-4 with a two-out two-RBI single scoring pinch runner Roche Woodard and Gaines. Burns then drove in the 10th run of the game to make the score 10-4 at the end of the seventh.    


Panthers Blank Seawolves 3-0 in Second Game of Doubleheader

MIAMI (February 16, 2013) - After scoring 10 runs in the first game of the doubleheader, the Panthers didn’t cross home plate until Aramis Garcia scored on a Tyler James Shantz sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to take a 1-0 lead on the Seawolves. That run would be all FIU needed in the nightcap as the Panthers went on to beat the Seawolves 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

Three FIU pitchers combined for the shutout as reliever Mitchell Davis earned the victory after pitching two innings in relief of starting pitcher, Tyler Alexander. Alexander went six innings and struck out seven in his FIU debut. Closer Michael Gomez shut the door in the ninth for his first save of the season.  

“I had a live fastball today,” Davis said. “My slider, my go-to pitch, was on. Change up was a little off but I figured it out. Once I had all three working, there was no shot for the other team.”

Nathan Burns led FIU with three hits and an RBI. Josh Anderson and Shantz accounted for FIU’s two other runs.

In the bottom of the eighth, Burns drove in an insurance run to make the game 2-0. Julius Gaines scored from second after reaching on a single and advancing on a groundout earlier in the inning. Anderson then roped a triple to right scoring Burns for the third run of the game.

The Panthers will go for the series sweep on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. Sunday is Bark at the Park at the FIU Baseball Stadium. Bring your pooch to the park and for $5, you can bring your dog, get a game ticket and get a free Frisbee. All fans in attendance will also receive a free 2013 FIU Baseball poster.

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