After the Blue Raiders (26-23, 12-12 SBC) took a 5-0 advantage after scoring one in the third and four in the fourth, the Panthers came alive in the bottom half of the fourth when Adam Kirsch broke up Middle Tennessee's no-hitter and shutout with an RBI double. With the bases loaded and two down, freshman Julius Gaines came through in the clutch with a two-RBI single and chased starter Jonathan Sisco from the game.
The Blue Raiders scored eight runs in the sixth inning to take a 13-3 lead.
The Panthers will now embark on a seven-game road trip to finish the 2012 regular season, starting with a mid-week showdown with Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). 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.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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