The Hurricanes lost Game 1 of a home-and-home series vs the FIU Golden Panthers 12-1 at The Light on Tuesday.
Greg Veliz struggled in his second collegiate start, allowing 3 runs.
FIU took an early lead in the top of the first, when a sac-fly scored their first run of many on the night. In the bottom half of the inning two consecutive walks for the Hurricanes made an early attempt to score the tying run appear possible, but Michael Burns was caught stealing, and a fly-out followed by a strikeout quickly ended the threat.
For the next couple innings things stayed quiet for both sides, then it all went awry for the Hurricanes in the top of sixth. A solo homerun started the inning and this was followed by a double that ended Greg Veliz’s night. FIU then plated another run by executing a perfect bunt that died inside the foul line, and then a double scored two more. By the time the damage was finally over FIU held a comfortable 5-0 lead.
The Hurricanes then loaded up the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a Barry Buchowski strikeout put a halt to the scoring chance.
In the top of the eighth FIU tacked on 7 runs, it began with a two run homerun, which pushed the lead out to 7-0 in favor of FIU. A two RBI single then made the game 9-0 FIU. Then a double drove in yet another run, and that was followed by another two run single. The top of the eighth then mercifully ended with FIU leading 12-0.
In the top of the ninth the Hurricanes scored a consolation run to prevent the shutout with Johnny Ruiz doubling and then being driven in by Romy Gonzalez.
The game then ended in a 12-1 FIU win, which marks FIU’s largest margin of victory in the all-time series vs Miami.
This is an embarrassment to a program with a long tradition of winning and excellence. It is unacceptable to go out each and every night and get blown out by competition that we can and should beat.
There isn’t really much else to say other than this team is playing absolutely terrible across the diamond.
Winning Pitcher: Robert Garcia (1-2, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 7.0 IP)
Losing Pitcher: Gregory Veliz (0-1, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 5.1 IP)
@FIU, Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 P.M Eastern
Hurricanes Starter: Not sure yet, don’t believe 3 has said.
Radio: WVUM 90.5