Panthers Take Care of Red Raiders, 9-7
2/25/2013 9:45:00 PM

Photo of Edwin Rios by Sam Lewis

Box Score - FIU 9, Texas Tech 7

MIAMI (Feb. 25, 2013) – The FIU baseball team came out victorious, 9-7, against the Texas Tech Red Raiders Monday night in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The Panthers were led by freshman Edwin Rios who went 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBI and a home run while senior Tyler James Shantz had a three-hit game with a home run. Junior Ty Sullivan earned the victory for the Panthers. He pitched five innings, gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out six.

After the Red Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first, the Panthers answered when Rios launched a two-run bomb over the left field wall for a 2-1 lead. The home run was the first in a Panthers uniform for Rios. Texas Tech would then take a 3-2 lead on sacrifice flies in the second and third innings.

The Panthers tied the game in the fourth when Nathan Burns scored on a Julius Gaines single before Zach Sweety drove in Roche Woodard on a beautiful hit-and-run to take a 4-3 advantage.

Shantz extended the FIU lead to 5-3 with his third home run of the season in the fifth. Shantz is now more than halfway to his total of five home runs last season. Later in the inning, Burns singled off the pitcher, driving in Oscar Aguirre for a 6-3 lead.

FIU added three more in the eighth to secure the victory against the Red Raiders. Since FIU closer Michael Gomez entered the game in the 8th during a save situation, he was credited with the five-out save, his fourth of the season.

The Panthers will return to the diamond on Tuesday for the final game of a two-game set. Tomorrow’s contest is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start. Fans can catch the game on PantherVision on

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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports. Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

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