Panthers Split Series with Red Raiders
2/26/2013 6:30:00 PM

Photo of Josh Anderson by Sam Lewis

Box Score - Texas Tech 8, FIU 6

MIAMI (Feb. 26, 2013) – The FIU baseball team (7-2) fell short of a late comeback in an 8-6 loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-4) Tuesday afternoon at the FIU Baseball Stadium. FIU and Texas Tech split the two-game series.

The Panthers were led by junior Josh Anderson who was 2 for 5 with a three-run home run while freshman Edwin Rios continues to swing a hot stick going 2 for 5 and scoring two runs.

Senior John Caballero pitched well in his first start of the season. He gave up two runs in five innings of work with four strikeouts in the loss.

After falling behind 2-0 early in the game, the Panthers scored their first run in the fourth inning when Aramis Garcia drove in Rios with an RBI single. Rios reached base earlier in the inning on his league-leading 10th double of the season.  

Texas Tech took a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a lead-off solo home run. The Red Raiders added five more in the inning to take an 8-1 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

The FIU bats woke up in the bottom half of the sixth when Anderson hit a three-run homer to deep left to cut the TTU lead to 8-4. The home run was the second for the JUCO transfer. The Panthers kept chipping away at the lead in the seventh when Rios singled home Mandy Alvarez to bring the score to 8-5 Tech.

FIU brought it to a two-run game in the ninth when Alvarez roped an RBI single to left to make it an 8-6 ballgame. Unfortunately, the Panthers couldn’t string together a comeback, ultimately falling to the Red Raiders, 8-6.

The Panthers will return to the diamond on Friday for the start of a three-game series against the nationally-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. First pitch for Friday’s contest is slated for 6:00 p.m. at the FIU Baseball Stadium. Fans can catch all FIU baseball home games 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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