LAFAYETTE, La. (May 23, 2013) – The FIU baseball team advanced to Friday night’s elimination game with a 4-3 win over the UALR Trojans on Thursday afternoon. Freshman
Edwin Rios accounted for all four FIU runs with two, two-run homers. The Panthers will play the loser of South Alabama and Louisiana.
With the game knotted up at two in the sixth, Rios hit the second of his two home runs to break the tie. FIU took a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth. Junior Zach Sweety helped hose two runners, one at third and the potential tying run
at home, to help junior Mitchell Davis earn his fourth save of the season.
Junior Tyler Alexander made the start for FIU and punched out 10 batters while giving up two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Freshman
Jason Morozowski, freshman Chris Elander and Davis combined with effective relief pitching. Morozowski was credited with the win.
The Panthers struck first when Sweety reached first on an infield hit in the first inning. Then with two outs, Rios hit the first of his two home runs, this one over the right field wall, to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead.
Alexander, who had four strikeouts through the first three innings, surrendered his first run of the game in the fourth inning to the Trojans. UALR loaded the bases and a groundout to second scored a run to cut the FIU lead in half.
Following a 1-2-3 fifth for UALR, the Trojans managed to tie it up in the sixth. The bases became loaded with one out, all via the walk. Following a 10th strikeout for Alexander, he walked a run in, which knotted the game up at two. Alexander
was relieved by Morozowski.
Rios answered for the Panthers in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore
Aramis Garcia led off with a walk to set up the go-ahead hit for Rios. The freshman went opposite direction this time, with a two-run homer over the left field wall to give FIU a 4-2 lead.
The scrappy Trojans got another run in the seventh, as Blake Johnson went deep to make it 4-3.
In the ninth, Davis hit Johnson with a pitch to lead off the inning. Then, John Clark singled to left centerfield. Johnson attempted to advance to third, but Sweety hit Rios, who tagged Johnson at third to force the first out of the inning. Clark advanced
to second on that play.
Chris Burk was up next for the Trojans and singled to Sweety out in left. Pinch runner Sage Gasaway attempted to go home from second, but Sweety hit Garcia on one bounce and Gasaway was out by three steps. A fly out to left ended the game in 4-3 fashion.
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