FIU shocks No. 8 Florida State
Panthers earn first win against Seminoles in 22 years
TALLHASSEE, Fla. -- Not even a little rain could dampen the spirits of Florida International as it upset No. 8 Florida State, 8-5 on Friday.
This was the first win for the Panthers against the Seminoles in 22 years. The last time FIU defeated Florida State was on May 2, 1990 and the last win against FSU in Tallahassee came on Feb. 21 of the same year. The last time the Panthers defeated a top-10 opponent was in 2008 when FIU took down top-ranked Miami in Coral Gables in Turtle Thomas’s first season as head coach.
|TOP 30 SCORES|
|No. 1 Florida 4, William & Mary 1|
|No. 2 South Carolina 8, Elon 2|
|No. 4 Texas A&M 3, Holy Cross 2|
|No. 5 Arkansas 7, Valparaiso 3|
|No. 6 North Carolina 17, Wright State 3|
|No. 7 Rice 6, Dallas Baptist 5|
|FIU 8, No. 8 Florida State 5|
|No. 11 Georgia Tech 12, Ohio State 4|
|Maine 6, No. 15 Clemson 5|
|Oregon 4, No. 17 Vanderbilt 2|
|No. 22 Oklahoma 9, Hartford 6|
|No. 25 Louisville 7, Oakland 4|
|No. 26 Virginia 18, Monmouth 4|
|No. 28 Ole Miss 2, UNC Wilmington 0|
Senior R.J. Fondon earned the victory for the Panthers tossing 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out two. Junior Michael Gomez earned the save throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Two Panthers had three-hit games including senior captain Pablo Bermudez (3-for-6 with three runs and a stolen base) and junior Adam Kirsch (3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs). Senior Mike Martinez added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs and a stolen base.
The Panthers gave Fondon a nice 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Bermudez scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from third after he doubled and stole third to lead off the contest. Kirsch drove in Martinez for the second run of the game. Martinez reached base on a walk before stealing second to put himself into scoring position for Kirsch.
The Seminoles got one run back in the bottom half of the first on an RBI single by James Ramsey.
Tyler James Shantz gave FIU a 4-1 lead in the top of the second with a two-run double off the top of the 30-foot-high right field fence scoring Julius Gaines and Bermudez. Gaines reached base on a single. So did Bermudez with a perfectly laid down bunt single.
FSU got two of those runs back in the bottom of the third on a two-run double by Jayce Boyd.
The Panthers answered in the top half of the fourth when Bermudez, who reached on a leadoff single, scored on a wild pitch. Jabari Henry drove in Shantz with an RBI single to make it a 6-3 FIU advantage.
After the Seminoles pulled within one run, David Vazquez made the score 7-5 with his first hit of the year, an RBI single scoring Kirsch in the sixth. With one out in the eighth, Kirsch doubled home Martinez to give the Panthers an 8-5 edge.
The Seminoles threatened in the bottom of the eighth after Gomez allowed the first two runners to reach base. He then struck out Boyd and John Nogowski both looking and enticed Justin Gonzalez to swing at three consecutive pitches to get out of the inning. Gomez came back out for the ninth and shut the door on the Seminoles to pick up his first career save.