JONESBORO, Ark. (May 11, 2012) - Tyler James Shantz homered for FIU in a 7-4 loss to the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Friday night at Tomlinson Stadium at Kell Field.
Five different Panthers registered hits while Nathan Burns, Mike Martinez, Shantz and Aramis Garcia each drove in a run on the evening. Eddy Pidermann suffered the loss for FIU, giving up six earned runs in five innings of work.
After the Red Wolves put up a run in the third, Shantz responded with a humongous blast deep over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1 in the fifth. The home run was the fourth of the season for the junior out of Colorado. Later in the inning, Garcia gave the Panthers the lead with an RBI-double, scoring Adam Kirsch who singled and stole a base in the inning.
Arkansas State responded in the bottom half of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead on a two-RBI double by Zach George. After loading the bases, ASU's Ryan Emery promptly cleared them with a double off the centerfield wall for a 6-2 ASU lead.
After the Red Wolves made it a 7-2 game, the Panthers showed some life in the eighth when Garcia and Bermudez scored on a Burns ground out and a Martinez RBI-single, respectively. The Panthers couldn't muster another run, ultimately falling to the Red Wolves, 7-4.
FIU will again take on ASU on Saturday in game two of the series. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m. ET, which was moved up two hours to beat the weather. The Panthers will throw Mike Ellis. He will be opposed by Daniel Wright.
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