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Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

Poli FIU lefty Corey Polizzano was named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week on Monday after striking out 11 in Sunday's win over Arkansas-Little Rock.

CP follows right-hander Tom Ebert, who took the Pitcher of the Week honor last week after his 2-hit shutout masterpiece against Troy, which followed Scott Rembisz's eight-inning scoreless performance vs. Troy last Friday.

You have 6 chances to see that pitching in action this week with a 2-game series against North Florida beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. and again on Wednesday. Then Fairleigh Dickinson comes to town for a 4-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

FIU took 2 of 3 vs. the Trojans and has NOT lost a series this season. What a difference getting solid starting pitching makes. Check out these numbers from the Panthers top 3 starters:

Rembisz: 3-0, 1.93 ERA, 28 IP, 25 Ks, 2 BB, (.206 opponents batting average)

Ebert: 2-1, 0.84 ERA, 21 IP, 27 Ks, 4 BB, (.137 opps BA)

Polizzano: 1-1, 2.65 ERA, 17 IP, 18 Ks, 4 BB (.210 opps BA)Wg

It's only mid-March, but FIU has shown to have the pitching thus far to play in the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2002. Maybe that's why Wally Gator didn't want to play anymore.



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alt7787: Hey Pete, Hows Chris Volstad looking? I heard he had to leave a game a few days ago afterVol being hit by a pitch.

PP: Volstad is doing very well. He threw 5 shutout innings against the Mets yesterday and only needed 54 pitches to do so. He's got a welt on his right leg, but has not affected his performance on the mound.

Alonzo: Hey Pete, I think someone mentioned on the comments section of the last blog that we finally got a D-line coach? Any truth? Also, doesn't having a week off kind of interrupt the practice momentum?

PP: Cary Godette is the DL coach. He was at Rutgers and before that with Jimmy Johnson on the Dolphins staff. If this was regular season preparations, then yes, a week off for spring break would probably interrupt practice momentum. But we're in spring ball here and the entire team is not around due to injuries and freshmen who have not arrived at FIU yet. Spring ball is a chance for backups and walk-ons to make their marks heading into fall camp.

FIU Fanatic: Question Pete: Two pitchers on the roster have not pitched....Bryam Garcia, and Miguel Mejia...both of them with good accolades and JUCO experience, with Mejia being a two-time 1st team All Conference, and Conference MVP last season....Are they injured?....grades?...sitting out?

PP: Mejia qualified at FIU and is taking classes, but not all of his academic paperwork got to FIU on time so he has to sit out this season. Been told that MM is as talented as Rembisz and Ebert. Checking on Garcia.

CrazyPanther: Pete, your in "the know" what happened to Sid in the morning on 790 the Ticket?

PP: Not in the know about sports talk radio. Don't really listen to it.


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