MIAMI (April 28, 2012) - Sophomore Michael Ellis did exactly what the Panthers needed him to do on the mound, going deep into the game and saving an overworked FIU (25-17, 11-9 Sun Belt) bullpen in a 6-4 win over the South Alabama Jaguars (17-26, 11-9 SBC) on Saturday, April 28.
Ellis was magnificent for the Panthers, giving up two runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched for his second win of the season. A night after giving up a walk-off home run, Michael Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 11th save of the season. Tyler James Shantz led the FIU offense with two hits and two RBI.
The Panthers struck first in the top of the third when Nathan Burns doubled home Pablo Bermudez who reach first on a base-on-balls to lead off the inning. Mike Martinez made it a 2-0 FIU advantage after doubling in Burns two batters later.
Bermudez added to the Panthers' lead with an RBI single, scoring Aramis Garcia in the fourth.
After the Jaguars picked up a run in the fourth, the Panthers answered in the fifth with a Shantz two-RBI single to take a 4-1 lead. The scoring continued in the seventh when Shantz doubled in Burns for FIU's fifth run of the game.
South Alabama cut the FIU lead to 5-4 in the eighth before the Panthers responded with an insurance run in the ninth. Adam Kirsch added some cushion on an RBI fielder's choice for a 6-4 FIU lead.
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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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