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Baseball Drops Game to FIU at Mark Light Field

Baseball Drops Game to FIU at Mark Light Field

GAME SUMMARY
FIU12117 Miami

Box Score | Season Stats | Full Broadcast

Next Game: Wednesday | 7 p.m. | FIU | FIU Baseball Stadium | Tickets
POSTGAME REACTION
Jim Morris Players
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
FIU Miami
Robert Garcia Greg Veliz
W, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 HP
LINESCORE
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
1 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 0 12 12 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
PITCHING
  IP H R ER BB SO
W – R. Garcia (1-2) 7.0 1 0 0 4 9
L – G. Veliz (0-1) 5.1 2 3 3 3 7
LINEUPS
FIU AB R H RBI BB SO
1 Cartaya 2B 5 2 1 1 0 2
2 Lopez SS 4 2 2 2 2 0
3 Valdes LF 5 1 1 2 0 1
4 Meimerstorf CF 4 1 1 1 0 3
5 Escarra DH 2 1 2 4 2 0
6 Soria C 4 0 0 0 1 1
7 Files 1B 5 2 2 0 0 2
8 Silva 3B 4 1 1 2 1 1
9 Sevario RF
— Coipel RF
4
1
2
0
2
0
0
0

0
0

0
0
TOTAL 38 12 12 12 6 11
             
MIAMI AB R H RBI BB SO
1 Burns RF 3 0 0 0 1 2
2 Ruiz DH 2 1 1 0 2 0
3 Chester CF 4 0 1 0 0 0
4 Gonzalez SS/3B 4 0 1 1 0 1
5 Barr 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1
6 Tackett LF 3 0 0 0 1 2
7 Buchowski DH 3 0 0 0 0 2

8 Michelangeli 3B
— Baldor PH
— Gali SS

1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
9 Gomez C 3 0 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 29 1 3 1 4 11

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami fell in its midweek matchup with crosstown foe FIU Wednesday night, dropping the contest by a final score of 12-1 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Hurricanes received a solid pitching performance from freshman starter Greg Veliz, but could not muster any offense against FIU senior righthander Robert Garcia in the first regular-season meeting between the two schools since 2008.

Veliz (0-1) struck out a career-best seven batters and surrendered three runs. Making the first home start on the mound, the Key West, Fla., native allowed just two hits with three walks in a career-long 5.1 innings.

Garcia (1-2) struck out a career-high nine batters across seven shutout innings.

The two teams will play the second game of the back-to-back at FIU on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“We have to find a way to get better offensively, is the number one thing,” head coach Jim Morris said. “We don’t have to worry about anyone else. We have to worry about us and how to get better. The only answer I know to that [question] is to keep working hard.”

Miami’s first hit off Garcia did not come until the seventh, when junior Carl Chester singled to center.

The Hurricanes scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth. The Panthers blew the game open with a seven-run eighth inning.

“We just have to find a way,” Chester said. “We come out every day…we just need to figure out how to put runs on the board and just keep swinging it.”

FIU took a 1-0 advantage in the first, as the Panthers loaded the bases on two hit batters and a walk.

Veliz did well to limit the damage, however, allowing just a sacrifice fly to JC Escarra before striking out Zack Soria to end the inning.

The first two Hurricanes batters of the game reached via walk, but Garcia stranded a runner in scoring position with a strikeout of sophomore Romy Gonzalez.

FIU (6-6) threatened to add to its lead in the fourth on two walks and an error. But Veliz came through with a strikeout of leadoff hitter Derek Cartaya to strand the runners and keep the deficit at just 1-0.

“At first I started dropping my arm,” Veliz said. “That’s probably why the ball was running. I had some tail to my ball – it’s why I hit the batters. From there I started commanding my pitches and I found my slider.”

The first hit for either team was a solo home run by Escarra off Veliz to open the sixth, pushing the Panthers’ lead to 2-0.

A double by FIU’s Zach Files two batters later signaled the end of Veliz’s outing after 5.1 strong innings.

He threw 83 pitches before being relieved by redshirt sophomore Keven Pimentel in the sixth.

With runners on the corners, a bunt single by Cartaya pushed FIU’s lead to 3-0. The Panthers added two more runs on a two-RBI double by Irving Lopez to take a 5-0 lead.

The Hurricanes (4-7) showed life in the seventh when senior Johnny Ruiz walked and Chester extended his hitting streak to five straight games with a single to center.

Junior Hunter Tackett drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but Garcia struck out senior Barry Buchowski to end the threat.

Pimentel allowed two runs in 1.2 innings.

Ruiz doubled to open the bottom of the ninth and Romy Gonzalez followed with an RBI single to left off reliever Alex Demchak.

The Hurricanes make the short trip to FIU Baseball Stadium Wednesday for the back end of the home-and-home with the Panthers. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 7 p.m.