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 PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:32 pm   
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2017 Opening Series

Jacksonville State (34-24 in 2016) vs. FIU (29-29 in 2016)

Friday, February 17: 7 p.m. (PantherVision broadcast, CLICK HERE)
JSU RHP Garrett Farmer (4-4, 5.80 ERA) vs. FIU RHP Chris Mourelle (6-6, 5.07 ERA)

Saturday, Feb. 18: 7 p.m. (No broadcast)
JSU RHP Colton Pate (2-3, 9.21 ERA) vs. FIU LHP Dominic LoBrutto (3-2, 1.04 ERA)

Sunday, Feb. 19: 1 p.m. (PantherVision)
JSU LHP Derrick Adams (3-4, 7.98 ERA) vs. FIU LHP Alex Demchak (3-3, 2.87 ERA)

Series history: FIU leads 2-0
First meeting: May 16, 1996, FIU won 10-8 at TAAC tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.
Last meeting: May 14, 1998, FIU won 3-1 at TAAC tournament in Osceola, Fla.

Series preview: Jacksonville State and FIU meet for just the third time in their respective baseball histories. Both teams were conference rivals in the Trans America Athletic Conference in the late 1990's but played the only two games of their series in conference tournament play. . .The Gamecocks, out of the Ohio Valley Conference, won their conference championship three years ago. JSU is projected to win its conference this season in the league's preseason picks. . .JSU led the OVC in hitting with a .313 average last season. Clayton Daniel, a preseason All-American selection, is the Gamecocks' top hitter after hitting .372 last season. . .Coach Mervyl Melendez makes his FIU debut as just the fourth head coach in FIU baseball history. . .FIU returns a veteran-laden lineup led by shortstop Irving Lopez, who hit a team-leading .335 in 2016. . .The Panthers finished third in Conference USA in hitting with a .291 clip and second in the league with 596 hits. . .FIU is 29-15 on Opening Day in its 44-year history.


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 PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:43 pm   
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...and the Panthers are in the WIN column!

The most encouraging statistic from tonight's game - ZERO errors. Great pitching and defense tonight. Bats came alive at the end. We need to sweep this series to carry momentum into the game vs the crosstown team.


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 PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:53 am   
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I couldn't make it but saw pics of good crowd. I'll make some games this year because of Coach Melendez. As for next Wednesday, time for Panthers fans to show up to game against UCG. I'll be there for sure tailgating. Go FIU !!!


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 PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:35 am   
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yandro wrote:
...and the Panthers are in the WIN column!

The most encouraging statistic from tonight's game - ZERO errors. Great pitching and defense tonight. Bats came alive at the end. We need to sweep this series to carry momentum into the game vs the crosstown team.


Ah yes, may this be the end of error-filled baseball at FIU.


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 PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:12 pm   
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Looks like FIU is going to start the season 1-2.... Sad.


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 PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:21 pm   
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Great first game, but after that it was slowly downhill.

1-2 start against a decent team. Let's see if things can pick up for this young squad.


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