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What an amazing game and an amazing time. Hope FIU gets the sweep tomorrow.



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Golden Panthers Knock Off Cross-town Rival, No. 4 Miami - 11-7


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Miami, Fla. ? The cross-town rivalry between Miami and FIU baseball team took center stage on Thursday night at University Park. The two teams met for the 106th time with the visiting Hurricanes holding a 20-85 series advantage; however, the tale of the night was a new chapter in the storied rivalry of the two institutions as FIU recorded an 11-7 victory.


In the 31-year old series between, the two teams FIU had only scored ten-plus runs on five previous occasions - it was an offensive explosion for the Golden Panthers. FIU jumped out of the gates early with an 8-0 lead through the first three innings, surrounded by stellar pitching from junior Derek DeCarlo and the Golden Panther defense.


In the bottom of the first, Rivera singled to center field and later advanced to second on a P.J. Lehmann sacrifice bunt. The single by Rivera extended his hitting streak to 12 games; next, he swiped third base for his third stolen base of the season. Next, Dennis Diaz recorded a RBI single through the right side to score Rivera. Diaz stole second and advanced to third as the throw by the UM catcher made its way into the outfield. Junior Mario Suarez scored Diaz with a RBI groundout.


The Golden Panthers added to their lead in the bottom of the second with a three-run inning. Delivering the big blows were back-to-back homeruns by Michael Lopez and Yahmed Yema to start the inning. FIU picked up its third run of the inning on a RBI single by Diaz, scoring Eduardo Davila, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.


FIU plated three more runs in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 advantage of the nationally ranked Hurricanes. Senior Fernando Alvarez picked up his second hit of the evening a single to center field to start the inning. The action by Alvarez was his first since suffering a concussion in the second game of the Hawai'i series. A bunt single by Cody Jacobs put runners on first and second. Another FIU sacrifice put Alvarez and Jacobs in scoring position for Yema, who reached base on a walk to load the bases. The walk ended the day for the UM starter J.D. Cockroft. Reliever Chris Perez entered the game for the Hurricanes, getting a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Perez would strikeout Eduardo Davila for the second out, but surrendered two runs on an error by UM's Gaby Sanchez at third base and a wild pitch to give FIU an 8-0 lead through three innings.


Miami would get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with the help of a wild pitch from FIU starter Derek DeCarlo and a RBI single by Jon Jay.


FIU tacked on a run in the sixth inning to on a wild pitch by Chiqui Chirino, who relieved Chris Perez after 3.1 innings. Perez had loaded the bases before giving way to Chirino.


After the sixth, DeCarlo left the game with a strong outing under his belt. The junior from Miami gave up seven hits, walked just one and struck out eight batters en route to his first win of the season. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the right hander, who had won his first 17 decisions as a Golden Panther.


UM first baseman Jim Burt would get the Hurricanes back in the game with the first grand slam of his UM career. Jay led off the inning with a walk off reliever Danny Hernandez and moved to second on a solid single up the middle from Figueroa. With one out, Roger Tomas singled through the left side to load the bases for Burt.


FIU's P.J. Lehmann would end any hopes of a UM comeback with a two-out, two-run home run to right field giving FIU a 11-6 lead through seven innings. The home run extended Lehmann's hitting streak to nine games. In his last two games, it has come down to his final at bat to preserve the streak.


In the ninth, junior Leo Calderon came into the game to preserve the victory. Despite giving up four hits and a run, the Golden Panthers prevailed to for the win. The win by FIU ends a three-game losing streak by FIU to the cross-town rival. The 11 runs scored in the win are the most by a Golden Panther squad since May 4, 1999 when the Golden Panthers posted a 12-7 victory at Mark Light Field.


The two teams will meet again on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. to open the 2004 Papa John's Homestead Challenge in Homestead, Fla.

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It was definitely a great game....great way to continue the winning streak by FIU...4- games now...


11-7....great plays by our FIU guys...that diving stop and throw by Luis Rivera was AMAZING....and how about Dennis Diaz's sliding catch in center....we also had our offense going and it was definitely about time that we actually started a "decent" pitcher against UM.....


Ugh..Jim Burt pisses me off...always has, always will.


On top of winning the game, I also won a bet...now I get to have dinner at any restaurant I want...like literally anywhere... :whistle :notworthy


Nice to know that some of you walked right by me and didn't bother saying hi.... :thumbdown

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