FIU knocks off No. 14 Texas A&M
Henry scores game-deciding run via wild pitch in top of 10th
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- With two on and two out in the bottom of the 10th, FIU closer Bryam Garcia got the Texas A&M designated hitter Matt Juengel to bite at a high fastball for a strikeout to preserve the Panthers' 2-1 victory against the 14th-ranked Aggies on Saturday.
It was the second consecutive extra-inning game between these two teams and the first Panthers win against a top-20 team since FIU defeated then-No. 1 Miami on April 23, 2008. The last victory against a ranked opponent came last year, when the Panthers beat the 30th-ranked Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on March 16, 2010.
Saturday's win also was the first against the Aggies since May 26, 1995.
Garcia gets his first-career collegiate win for FIU, pitching two innings of relief, giving up one hit while striking out two. Ross Stripling (2-1) suffered the loss for the Aggies.
FIU starting pitcher R.J. Fondon allowed six hits in 7.1 innings. He yielded only an unearned run and struck out a season-high seven.
The Panthers picked up the first run of the ballgame on a Pablo Bermudez fielder’s choice to score Joel Capote, who singled and stole second earlier in the inning.
Texas A&M tied the game in the eighth inning when Jace Statum scored from second on an FIU wild pitch by reliever Mason McVay and a throwing error by catcher Iosmel Leon.
FIU again took the lead in the top of the 10th on a wild pitch by Stripling, which allowed Jabari Henry to score from third. The play was set up by a leadoff single by Henry followed by a sacrifice bunt by Tyler James Shantz. A ground out from Yoandy Barroso moved Henry to third.