MIAMI (April 6, 2012) - FIU improved to 5-5 in Sun Belt Conference action and 17-13 overall thanks to the Panther bats, which broke out for 11 runs on 15 hits in an 11-7 win against the Troy Trojans Friday evening at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
Jabari Henry was an offensive juggernaut with a three-run home run and a two-run single while freshman Aramis Garcia drove in two with a 3-for-4 performance. Tyler James Shantz had a nice night, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
After the Trojans took an early 4-0 lead in the first, the Panthers came back in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Henry gave FIU its first three runs with a moon shot over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season. After Garcia singled in his next at bat, he scored on an error by Troy third baseman Austin Golden who tried to tag Garcia in a rundown but was knocked down by the freshman catcher without making the tag. Julius Gaines gave FIU its first lead of the game on a sacrifice fly scoring Adam Kirsch, who singled in the inning.
Oscar Aguirre added to FIU's lead by driving in Garcia from third on a deep sacrifice fly to center in the sixth.
After Troy tied the game with two runs in the seventh, FIU responded in the bottom half of the inning when Henry singled in two runs for an 8-6 lead. Shortly after, Garcia followed Henry's lead with a two-run single of his own to give the Panthers their largest lead of the night, 10-6.
The Panthers and the Trojans traded runs in the eighth to make the final score 11-7 in favor of the Panthers.
Game two of the series will take place Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
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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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