TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012
Baseball falls in 10 innings to FIU, 5-4
Florida International broke up the third tie of the game for good in the 10th inning to outlast the JU baseball team, 5-4, Tuesday night in non-conference action at John Sessions Stadium.
An error and two lead-off singles for the Panthers (22-14) in the 10th inning put the winning runs in scoring position. Oscar Aguire followed with an RBI single to break the 4-4 tie, while Eddy Pidermann retired the Dolphins (14-24) in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.
“We fell short tonight,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “We did a good job of matching their offense and getting a late lead, but squandered our chance for the win. I am happy with the fight we showed tonight and look forward to the same effort tomorrow.”
With the scored tied at two in the sixth inning, the Dolphins scored two runs on two errors to take a 4-2 lead.
Sophomore Jimmy Appleby reached on an infield single to start the inning. Junior Ethan Loosen tried to bunt him over, but FIU starter Logan Dodds overthrew first base which allowed Loosen to second and Appleby to score. Freshman Garrett Ruckel hit a grounder to second base in the next at-bat. Loosen broke for third, but Mike Martinez missed the throw to allow Loosen to score.
FIU benefited from three straight walks to start the seventh inning. Senior Sean Green came in for relief and allowed an RBI single to Martinez. He got the next batter to pop out, but Aramis Garica singled home a run to tie the contest. Green induced double play in the next at-bat to quash the threat.
The Panthers had runners on second and third base with an out in the ninth inning before Green struck out a batter and got a line out to end the frame.
With two outs in the 10th inning, junior Adam Brett Walker recorded a single and junior Dan Gulbransen. Junior Jake Huxtable followed with a single to right field, but Walker II was thrown at the plate to force extra innings.
Martinez opened the 10th with an infield single on JU reliever and eventual losing pitcher Spencer Jack. A bunt single pushed Martinez to third before Aguirre scored him with a hit to left field.
Pidermann (6-0) scattered two hits and struck out two batters in two scoreless innings for the win. Jack (0-2) allowed an unearned run in the 10th inning for the loss. JU sent eight pitchers to the mound on the evening.
Jabari Henry drove in two of the five runs for the Panthers, while Walker II and Ruckel each finished with two hits for the JU offense.
The teams matched runs twice in the first three innings of the contest.
Henry scored Nathan Burns in the first inning after he tripled to right field in the previous at-bat. Walker II tied the contest in the bottom with his seventh home run of the season to right-center field.
The Panthers scored a run with a ground out in the third inning, but the Dolphins tied it again in the bottom of the inning by scoring on a bases-loaded walk.
JU and FIU will finish its two-game set tomorrow in John Sessions Stadium at 4 p.m.