FIU Defeats No. 19 Rice with 11-run Outburst & T.J. Shantz's HR-robbing Catch
Despite the change to daylight saving time and the Sunday morning start, the FIU bats woke up just fine and tattooed No. 19 Rice in an 11-7 win to take the final game of the three-game series at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
The Panthers erupted for 13 hits and 11 runs to even their record to 8-8. Rice, a future Conference USA annual opponent of FIU, drops to 9-7.
FIU got it going early scoring all 11 runs in the first four innings. Aramis Garcia again sparked the Panthers going 3 for 4 with five RBI. Zach Sweety, Edwin Rios and Josh Anderson each went 2 for 4.
Garcia got the Panthers on the board with a two-run single in the first inning. FIU strung together four consecutive hits to open the bottom of the second inning, which would lead to a five-run inning. Anderson led off with a double. Roche Woodard, Tyler
Hibbert and Julius Gaines followed with three straight singles. Rios and Garcia added RBI singles in the second inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Garcia delivered his second two-run single of the game to make it 9-2 FIU. After Oscar Aguirre singled, Anderson followed with a line drive two-run double down the left field line to increase the FIU lead to 11-2.
Every Panther in Sunday’s lineup had at least one hit except T.J. Shantz. However, Shantz was a hit with his glove in preserving the FIU lead in the top of the third inning.
With FIU leading 7-2 in the third, Rice third baseman Connor Teykl led off with a walk off starter Mike Franco (2-1). Keenan Cook followed with a long drive to right that appeared to be Cook’s first home run of the season, but Shantz went up over the right
field wall and brought back the ball to record the first out of the inning. Shantz then fired to second base to secure the double play as Teykl left the bag early and was called out.
Freshman Alex Seibold delivered three shutout innings of relief after Franco departed after three innings. Charlie Cormier and Mitchell Davis finished off on the mound for the Panthers.
FIU has Monday off before beginning a two-game series with South Florida on Tuesday evening at the FIU ballpark. The first pitch for Tuesday’s game is at 6 p.m. The Panthers and Bulls close the two-game set with a matinee first pitch of 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
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