Panthers Sweep Jaspers in Late-Inning Comeback
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2/24/2013 4:00:00 PM

T.J. Shantz went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and a two-run home run (Photo by Sam Lewis)

FIU 8, Manhattan 7 - Box Score

MIAMI (Feb. 24, 2013)Zach Sweety’s two-run home run in the seventh tied the game and Oscar Aguirre’s RBI double proved to be the game-winner for FIU in an 8-7 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers Sunday afternoon at the FIU Baseball Stadium. The win gave FIU its second-consecutive weekend sweep to start the 2013 season.

Senior Tyler James Shantz raised his average to over .300 in a 3 for 3 performance with three runs scored, including a two-run home run. Sophomore Aguirre also had three hits (two doubles and a triple) while junior Sweety drove in two with his second homer of the season.

Junior Mitchell Davis picked up his second win of the season, pitching a scoreless eighth with a couple of strikeouts. Senior closer Mike Gomez earned his third save of the season with a pristine ninth inning.

Down 4-0 early to the Jaspers in the second, the Panthers cut the lead to 4-2 with a Shantz home run, his second in as many days. He drove in Aramis Garcia, who legged out an infield single to lead off the inning. Manhattan got both runs back in the third off two solo home runs.

Back-to-back doubles by Sweety and freshman Edwin Rios cut the Jaspers lead in half at 6-3 after three innings. Manhattan’s Joe Rock made it a 7-3 score with the Jaspers fourth solo home run of the game in the next inning.

The Panthers picked up a run in the fourth when Aguirre doubled in Shantz for FIU’s fourth run of the game. Aguirre struck again in the bottom of the sixth when he tripled in Shantz to cut the Jaspers lead to 7-5.

With one swing of the bat in the seventh, Sweety tied the game with a two-run homer to left scoring Julius Gaines. The home run was the second of the year for the JUCO transfer.

The Panthers took the lead for the first time in the game when Aguirre drove in Nathan Burns on a double to right in the eighth. Burns reached base on a lead-off walk and then moved to second on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Shantz. The RBI was the third of the game for Aguirre.

The Panthers will return to the diamond on Monday, Feb. 25, when they welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders for a two-game series. First pitch for Monday’s game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., while Tuesday’s contest is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start. Fans can catch both games on PantherVision on FIUSports.com.

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