MIAMI (March 11, 2012) - The Panthers (7-6) registered 16 hits with senior Pablo Bermudez returning to the lineup with a 4-for-5 performance including three RBI to win 9-2 against the Fordham Rams (5-10) on getaway day.
Mike Martinez stayed hot with a 3-for-5 performance, increasing his team-leading batting average to an even .500 on the year. Freshman Aramis Garcia also added a three-hit game with two RBI to bring his batting average to .342.
FIU starter R.J. Fondon earned his third win of the season scattering five hits with a run (unearned) over seven innings of work. The win was the 21st of his career, moving him to sole possession of fifth place on the FIU all-time wins list. D.J. Swatscheno and Jose Lazaro followed Fondon with an inning apiece.
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the second behind a two-out RBI single by Julius Gaines and a bases loaded walk to Roche Woodard.
Tyler James Shantz plated the third run of the game for FIU with an RBI single in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, the Rams got one back on a throwing error by Woodard to cut the Panthers lead to 3-1.
In the fifth, Garcia continued his hot hitting in the series with a double down the line in left to score both David Vazquez and Bermudez to give FIU a 5-1 lead.
Bermudez extended the FIU lead to 7-1 with a two-RBI single in the sixth. Martinez drove in his 162nd career run in the seventh, inching him closer to Tyler Townsend's career record of 164 RBI. Bermudez added a ninth FIU run with a single scoring Nathan Burns.
The Rams added one in the eighth to make the final score 9-2 in FIU's favor.
The Panthers will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 13 for the first of a two-game mid-week series against the North Florida Ospreys. Tuesday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. while Wednesday's game will start at 3:00 p.m.
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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 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 46,000 students in two campus 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 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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