FGCU Falls at FIU in Mid-Week Showdown
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder
FGCU (9-16)
FIU Panthers (12-12)
3/28/2012 | Miami, Fla. | Attendance: 503
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Win: Caballero (1-0) 5.033313
Loss: COONEY (0-2) 3.042101
Garcia (FIU) 333101

MIAMI, Fla. – The FGCU baseball team opened a string of six straight road games over an eight-day span with a 10-3 non-conference loss at FIU on Wednesday night at FIU Baseball Stadium.

The Panthers scored in four of the first five innings, jumping out to a 5-0 lead en route to leveling their record at 12-12. FGCU falls to 9-16 on the season heading into a weekend Atlantic Sun series at first place USC Upstate (5-1). The Eagles are 3-3 in the A-Sun.

FIU’s 14 hits came off of six different FGCU pitchers. Sophomore Harrison Cooney (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach HS) made the start for the Green and Blue, going three innings and allowing just one earned run. Cooney was dealt the loss to fall to 0-2.

Freshman Zach Tillery (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) had a breakout game at the dish, going a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with a three-run home run. Tillery’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth trimmed the FIU lead to 5-3 and was the Naples product’s first career round-tripper. Tillery had three of FGCU’s five hits.

FIU right-hander John Caballero earned the win on the hill for the Panthers, going five strong innings in his first start of the year. Caballero gave up his three runs on Tillery’s home run. Four different FIU relievers combined to shutout the Eagles over the final four innings on just two hits.

Tillery’s home run brought the Eagles to within two until FIU used a three-run home run of its own during a four-run seventh inning to push its lead to 10-3.

The first of the three-game set between FGCU and USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Probable pitching rotations for both teams will be available on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com on Thursday afternoon.