FIU opens the Sun Belt Tournament against No. 5 seed Louisiana in the first game of the double-elimination tourney at 10 a.m. (Miami time) on Wednesday morning.
We'll have the GPP LIVE BLOG going for that game around 9:45 a.m. (Miami time) on Wednesday.
Originally, No. 3 Troy and No. 6 South Alabama were scheduled to be the tourney's first game, but as the host school the Trojans get to choose their 1st round game time and chose 8:30 p.m.
The Panthers took 2 of 3 games from the Cajuns this season back in late March. FIU won 11-10, 11-7 and lost 11-4. As we know well, UL can lay the metal on the cowhide really well.
The rest of the Wednesday 1st round games are: No. 8 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 1 Middle Tennessee at 1:30 p.m.; No. 7 Louisiana-Monroe vs. No. 2 Western Kentucky at 5 p.m.
Despite the loss to FIU on Saturday, the Hooters got into the SBC tourney after New Orleans got blasted by Louisiana 18-2.
Should FIU defeat UL, then the Panthers would play the winner of the FAU/MT game on Thursday at 5 p.m. Should the Panthers lose they get the loser of FAU/MT on Thursday at 10 a.m.
Tyler Townsend (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) belted 2 more HRs on Saturday against the Hooters and now has 43 career bombas one back of Brad Eldred's 44 for the all-time FIU career HR record.
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