BOCA RATON (May 18, 2012) - The FIU baseball team (31-23, 15-14 Sun Belt) dropped a 4-3 contest to the FAU Owls (31-20, 19-8) Friday evening at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
Four Panthers registered two-hit games as FIU starter Michael Ellis earned a no-decision after holding the Owls to one run over 6 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Michael Gomez suffered the loss and blown save.
Pablo Bermudez opened the game in style with a leadoff opposite field home run. After consecutive singles by Nathan Burns and Mike Martinez, Jabari Henry plated Burns with a single for a 2-0 FIU lead.
Martinez singled again in the third for his 300th career hit at FIU, becoming the only player to reach the 300-hit mark in the history of the program.
Oscar Aguirre added a run in the fourth for FIU with a solo home run, his second in as many days.
With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, Mason McVay relieved Ellis and struck out Alex Hudak and Kyle Newton, pitching the Panthers out of a jam.
The Owls came back in the ninth to win the game on a Corey Keller walk-off single to capture the Sun Belt regular season championship.
The Panthers will take on the Owls for the final game of the regular season on Saturday with first pitch slated for 1:00 p.m. ET in Boca Raton, Fla.
Fans can follow the action all season long on Twitter (@FIUBaseball) and Facebook (facebook.com/FIUBaseball) as well as logging on to FIUSports.com's blog - The Prowl - for live play-by-play game blogs of select games. 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 FIUSports.com.
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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