DAYTONA BEACH (May 9, 2012) -- Six was the lucky number for the Panthers on Wednesday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Fla. FIU used a six-run, six-hit, sixth inning to deep-six Bethune-Cookman, 15-3.
Tyler James Shantz (2-for-3) and Mike Martinez (3-for-5) each contributed four RBI. Pablo Bermudez was 4-for-6 with two doubles and scored five runs. Nathan Burns was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI to fuel the Panthers (29-20).
FIU posted season-highs in runs (15) and hits (18) in the victory. Previously this season, the Panthers scored 14 runs and had 17 hits against Boston College in a home win on March 6.
FIU held a tenuous 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning when the Panthers erupted for six runs against B-CU reliever Jairo Acevedo to salt away the game.
The Panthers' sixth inning got off to an ominous start for B-CU as Oscar Aguirre reached first base on a dropped third strike. From there the floodgates opened. After singles from Aramis Garcia and Bermudez loaded the bases, Burns bounced a two-run double over Anthony Stokes' head at first base scoring Aguirre and Garcia to make it 6-3.
Martinez followed with his first triple of the season -- a two-run line drive that reached the wall in right center, scoring Bermudez and Burns. FIU was now up 8-3.
One batter later, Shantz collected his fourth RBI of the game with a textbook squeeze bunt down the third base line scoring Martinez. Adam Kirsch knocked in Shantz from first base with a searing triple to the left center gap to extend the FIU advantage to 10-3.
Highlighted by a two-run double by Martinez to the same area he hit a two-run triple in the sixth, FIU tacked on five runs on five hits in the seventh inning to add to its banner offensive day in Daytona Beach.
The Panthers travel to Jonesboro, Ark., on Thursday, May 10, for a three-game series with Arkansas State beginning Friday, May 11. First pitch for Friday's contest is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.
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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