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          Release: 03/17/2012
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MIAMI (March 17, 2012) - FIU freshman Aramis Garcia had another monster night going 3-for-4 with three RBI on the losing end of a 9-5 game against the FAU Owls Saturday night at the FIU Baseball Stadium.

Despite what the boxscore may tell you, FIU starter Michael Ellis pitched a stellar game. In six innings of work he allowed one earned run (five unearned) on four hits with three strikeouts. At one point in the game, the sophomore righty retired 12-straight Owls. With the loss, Ellis drops his record to 1-2 on the year.

Julius Gaines had a productive night in the leadoff spot going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI while David Vazquez went 2-for-4 with two runs and a home run.

Garcia picked up where he left off last night by driving in FIU's first run of the game on an RBI single in the first inning. Gaines then gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with an RBI single of his own in the second.

Garcia struck again in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out two-RBI single with the bases loaded scoring Vazquez and Gaines, who reached on a double and a single, respectively.

The Owls mounted a comeback in the sixth scoring three unearned runs to cut the FIU lead to 4-3. FAU then scored six in the seventh to go ahead of the Panthers, 9-4.

Vazquez cut the FIU deficit to four runs with his first home run of the year in the bottom of the ninth.

Game three of the series will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at the FIU Baseball Stadium.  

Fans can follow the action all season long on Twitter (@FIUBaseball) and Facebook ( as well as logging on to's blog - The Prowl - for live play-by-play game blogs. Live audio and video are available for all home games through Panther Pass.

Tickets are on sale for all FIU home games at the University Credit Union Box Office at the R. Kirk Landon Field House or by calling 305-FIU-Game or logging on to

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

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Mike Ellis
Mike Ellis

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