Baseball Drops Series Finale to FIU
Senior first baseman Mark Nelson hit his fourth home run against FIU on Sunday


Senior first baseman Mark Nelson hit his fourth home run against FIU on Sunday

March 17, 2013

Final Stats

Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University baseball team may have suffered a 12-1 loss to FIU on Sunday, March 17, but still opened Sun Belt Conference play with a series victory over the South Florida rival.

FAU (13-8, 2-1 Sun Belt) took an early lead on a solo home run by senior first baseman Mark Nelson in the bottom of the first inning. The home run was his team-leading fourth and 19 runs batted in. He also continues to be an offensive thorn against the Panthers. Nelson came into the weekend series with a .296 career average against FIU, with four home runs.

However, FIU (11-10, 1-2 Sun Belt) responded with a 10-run third inning. A double by Julius Gaines down the right field line started the scoring, and Zach Sweety followed with a single to give the Panthers the lead. The visitors added four more hits in the inning to take a 10-1 lead.

FIU never looked back, and added two unearned runs in the sixth inning to break a seven-game losing streak to FAU.

Starting pitcher Mike Franco improved to 3-1 on the season for the Panthers, scattering four hits and having three strikeouts.

FAU continues SBC play next weekend at Arkansas State University, starting with a game on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Live audio and statistics of the game will be available at www.fausports.com.

Single-game tickets for any home game are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

 

 

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