FIU Bats Stay Hot in 18-6 Win over Manhattan
2/23/2013 7:00:00 PM

Aramis Garcia (44) celebrates his home run with Josh Anderson (43) and Nathan Burns (10) (Photo by Sam Lewis)

FIU 16, Manhattan 6 Box Score

MIAMI (Feb. 23, 2013) – The FIU bats stayed hot on Saturday night in an 18-6 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers in the second of a three-game series.

FIU starting pitcher Tyler Alexander put together his second-straight quality start, allowing an unearned run on two hits while striking out six in six innings pitched for his first-career FIU victory. His ERA remains perfect at 0.00 in 12 innings pitched in 2013.

Every starter for the Panthers registered a hit. Freshman Edwin Rios and junior Josh Anderson each had a game-high four hits. FIU was home run happy against the Jaspers on Saturday night, with Anderson, senior Tyler James Shantz, senior Nathan Burns and sophomore Aramis Garcia all clearing the fence in the game. Freshman Antonio Rodriguez also had his first-career FIU hit in the ballgame.

The Panthers didn’t waste any time jumping on the Jaspers starting pitcher Matt Jordan when Shantz and Anderson each blasted two-run home runs to take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Manhattan scored its run in the top of the first on an error.

Back-to-back doubles by Rios and Anderson gave the Panthers a nice 7-1 cushion in the second inning. Rios drove in sophomores Roche Woodard and Julius Gaines after they led off the inning with consecutive walks while Anderson drove in Rios. Garcia joined the hit parade by driving in Anderson with a single past the diving Jaspers second baseman for a seven-run FIU lead.   

Freshman Mandy Alvarez made the score 10-1 for FIU on an RBI double with two outs in the second inning. Woodard, who led off the inning with a walk, said enough of this doubles nonsense and drove in Alvarez with a triple off the wall in left center for a cool 10-run lead.

In the bottom of the third, with Anderson on third base, Garcia launched a no-doubter deep to left for his first home run of the season. The homer was the third for the Panthers on the day and gave FIU a nice 13-1 advantage after three innings.

Gaines drove in the 14th FIU run of the game in the fourth inning on a single scoring Zach Sweety before Rios hit his second two-run double of the game to give the Panthers a 16-1 advantage. Anderson followed with his second double of the game to drive Rios home for the 17th FIU run.

Burns scored FIU’s 18th run in the fifth inning with a solo home run to right.

The Panthers will go for their second-consecutive three-game series sweep on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m., at the FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami, Fla.

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