Panthers Take Care of Jaspers, 14-4
2/22/2013 9:45:00 PM

Photo of Zach Sweety by Sam Lewis

Box Score - FIU 14, Manhattan 4

MIAMI (Feb. 22, 2013) – The FIU baseball team took care of business Friday evening by defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 14-4, in the first game of a three-game series at the FIU Baseball Stadium.

Three Panthers had multi-RBI games including Zach Sweety who went 2 for 4 with three RBI, two runs scored, and a home run. Tyler James Shantz, Edwin Rios and Tyler Hibbert each drove in two while Julius Gaines, Josh Anderson and Mandy Alvarez accounted for FIU’s other runs.

FIU starter Michael Ellis earned his first victory of the season by holding the Jaspers to four runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of work. Albert Cardenas, Mitchell Davis and Jason Morozowski picked up their teammate, combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

After the Panthers were held scoreless for nine innings in their last game against Bethune-Cookman, Sweety supplied some power in the bottom of the first with his first-career home run. The solo shot was the first round tripper for FIU this season.

The Jaspers responded with two runs in the third and a run in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

After two consecutive walks by Anderson and Aramis Garcia to open the fourth, Shantz cut the Manhattan lead to 3-2 when he stroked a line drive to left, scoring Anderson. On the very next pitch, Rios gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead after roping a double to left center scoring Garcia and Shantz. Hibbert tacked on a run to make it 5-3, with a sacrifice fly to right scoring Rios later in the inning.  

The Jaspers got a run back on a sac fly in the sixth to bring the Panthers lead to 5-4.

After Garcia and Shantz led off the sixth with consecutive singles, Rios laid down a sac bunt and reached on a fielder’s choice when the Manhattan pitcher threw the ball away attempting to gun down Garcia at third. FIU Head Coach Turtle Thomas then pinch hit for Oscar Aguirre with Alvarez who delivered an RBI single to give the Panthers a 7-4 lead. The hit was the first of the freshman’s FIU career.  

The next batter, Hibbert, reached on another fielder’s choice, driving in a run to double the FIU lead to 8-4. The Panthers added six runs in the eighth to go on to a 14-4 victory over the Jaspers.

The Panthers will return to the FIU Baseball Stadium for game two of the three game series against the Jaspers on Saturday, Feb. 23, with first pitch scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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