Josh Anderson could get used to this extra-inning walk-off thing. For the second time this season in the bottom of the 11th inning, Anderson delivered the game-winning hit. This time Anderson had a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of
the 11th inning as FIU defeated Louisiana, 7-6, in the opener of a three-game series at FIU Baseball Stadium. Earlier this season Anderson also had his other game-winning hit in the bottom of the 11th inning -- a three-run home run against Arkansas State.
In a see-saw game in which the Panthers rallied from a 4-0 first-inning deficit, FIU (23-17, 11-8 Sun Belt Conference) moved one game ahead of Louisiana (29-14, 10-9 SBC) in the Sun Belt Conference standings.
Down 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning, FIU left fielder Zach Sweety drove in the first run with an RBI double that plated Julius Gaines, who singled to lead off the inning. Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single scoring Sweety to halve the Ragin'
Garcia's second RBI single of the game cut the Louisiana lead to 4-3 in the third inning. Garcia's third RBI single of the night gave FIU the lead at 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Garcia was 3 for 5 with three RBI.
The Cajuns tied the score at 5-5 in the eighth inning only to see Oscar Aguirre give FIU the lead right back with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. However, a leadoff home run by Dex Kjerstad in the top of the ninth inning helped send the game into
Walks were the Cajuns downfall in the bottom of the 11th inning. Gaines singled to lead off the inning. Garcia was intentionally walked and then Edwin Rios drew a walk to load the bases to set the stage for Anderson's game-winner.
Gaines was 3 for 6. Anderson was 2 for 6. Sweety and Aguirre each had two hits and an RBI.
Right-hander Mitchell Davis (6-2) pitched a perfect final two innings to earn his team-leading sixth win of the season. Davis struck out four batters.
The Panthers and Cajuns continue the series Saturday at 4 p.m. from the FIU Baseball Stadium.
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