Switching gears to FIU baseball now and speaking of gears, if the 2007 Golden Panthers baseball team was a car they'd be stuck on the side of the road right now with the up and down season FIU is having.
FIU (17-18, 4-8 in Sun Belt) is currently in 10th place out of 11 teams in the Sun Belt Conference after dropping another Sun Belt series last weekend against Arkansas State. ONLY 8 teams make the conference tournament -- and unless you have a sparkling record like a Louisiana-Lafayette or Louisiana-Monroe -- your team needs to win the Sun Belt tournament to reach the NCAA postseason -- something the Golden Panthers have not seen since 2002.
So much for a sparkling record, the Golden Panthers have enough of a task right now in just trying to reach their conference tournament -- a given in years past.
If Harry Caray were still alive and he was the FIU p.a. announcer, he would have to change a line when he sings "Take me out to the ballgame" from "...for if they don't win it's a shame..." to "...for if FIU doesn't get in it's a shame...". (Aside: Roman you got to start singing in the bottom of the 7th inning).
Anyways, back to the point of this post. . .The way the FIU baseball season is shaping up, the Golden Panthers may be playing for their only kind of championship this Wednesday when they take on the Hurricanes at FIU's University Park. Game time is at 7 p.m.
um last Wednesday came back and beat FIU 10-9 in 10 innings at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables. Which by the way, FIU catcher Luis Bautista's titanic two-run home run just landed at Coral Gables City Hall on Sunday, 3 days after he socked the cowhide out of Mr. Spalding.
This Wednesday, FIU has a chance to split the season series when they host um.
I'm told by the FIU athletic department, tickets are still available for Wednesday's home game and can be purchased at 1-866-FIU-GAME (1-866-348-4263).
After Wednesday's game, FIU has 18 Sun Belt games left beginning with a 3-game series against 2nd place Louisiana-Monroe this weekend at FIU. The only breathers -- if we can call them that -- that the Golden Panthers have the rest of the way are a 3-game series at Arkansas-Little Rock (2-9 in Sun Belt), who is the worst team in the conference (Apr. 20) and 2 games at Florida A&M (May 7,8) who FIU destroyed earlier this season.
Can the Golden Panthers still find some consistency and make some noise in the Sun Belt?
Sure, this is baseball where anything can happen. But the way they've played so far this season, I wouldn't be taking my Herald paycheck to Vegas or for that matter, down the street to the the Miccoussukees or up the Turnpike to the Seminoles.