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FIU Panthers Blank Rattlers In Series Opener
Release: Wednesday 04/04/2012 (ET)
by Florida A&M Sports Information
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MIAMI, FLA. (April 3) - Florida International University handed the Florida A&M Baseball team, a 13-0 loss, here Tuesday afternoon at FIU Baseball Stadium.

FIU(15-13) finished the contest with a game-high 16 hits as the Panthers had five player to finish with two hits each.

FAMU (5-27) finished the contest with seven hits as Dylan West went three-for-three from plate to lead the Rattlers.

Logan Dodds (2-0) picked the win for the Panthers as he pitched five innings, allowing four hits and striking out six.

Thomas Barwick (0-6)received the loss as he recorded two and two-thirds innings on the mound giving up eight hits and five earned runs.

The Panthers grabbed an early 1-0 lead as Oscar Aguirre scored on a Nathan Burns single to the left side in the bottom of the second inning.

FIU added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning on back-to-back homers as Mike Martinez hit a two-run blast, followed by a solo homer to left field by Jabari Henry.  A FAMU error would score both Burns and Julius Gaines and T.J Shultz would score on a bases loaded walk, giving the Panthers an 8-0 lead.

The Panthers picked up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Aramis Garcia scored on a Oscar Aguirre triple to right field.  Aguirre would score on a wild pitch. Burns would score FIU's third run of the inning as he tripled in his at-bat on a Shantz sacrifice fly to right field, making the score 11-0 in favor of the Panthers.

Shantz added to FIU's lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as he singled to the left side scoring Gaines, making the score 12-0 in favor of FIU.

Henry scored his second run of the game as he scored on a Ryne Morozowski single to right side increasing the Panthers lead to 13-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, for the finale.

FAMU will return to action on Wednesday, April 4 as they will conclude their two-game series with FIU at FIU Baseball Stadium in a 6 p.m. start.

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