MIAMI (April 27, 2012) - After Mike Martinez gave the Panthers (24-17, 10-9 Sun Belt) a one-run lead with a home run in the top of the ninth, but the Jaguars (17-25, 11-8 SBC) answered in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run for a 9-7 victory.
Pablo Bermudez led-off the game with a home run to right, the first of the year for the senior outfielder. Kirsch then added to the lead in the second with an RBI single scoring Tyler James Shantz who doubled to lead off the inning.
After the Jaguars cut the FIU lead to 2-1, Henry made it a 5-1 game with a monster three-run home run in the third, his 10th of the season.
South Alabama tied the game up with a three-run fourth after adding a run in the third before taking the lead, 6-5, in the seventh.
The Panthers then tied it up in the bottom half of the seventh on a Julius Gaines sacrifice fly scoring Kirsch. In the top of the ninth, Martinez gave the Panthers the lead with a home run to deep center field.
The Jaguars were down, but not out as they came back and won the game, 9-7, on a three-run walk off home run by Brad Hook.
These two teams will play game two of the series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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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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