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6-0, Not Bad At All

Yes, I'll admit I was one of those that wanted to see how FIU would do against Oral Roberts after sweepingGuy Maryland.

Before the ORU series, I wasn't sure about the bullpen, although coaches and players have said all along that the pen would be the strength of the team this season.

Also outside of being down 3-0 in the early innings of the season opener, FIU wasn't really tested against the Terrapins and I wasn't sure how the Panthers would react when faced with some adversity.

Well, the Panthers responded to both of those concerns against the Golden Eagles this past weekend.

With the help of two Lammar Guy (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) game-winning RBI, FIU got another three-game sweep to start the season 6-0 -- FIU's best start since 2000.

In Friday's game, FIU kept swinging the bats and Scott Rembisz pitched a masterful game.

On Saturday and Sunday, we got to see the bullpen and FIU's reaction when the chips are down.

The Panthers rallied from down 6 runs in the 7th inning on Saturday and the bullpen did a solid job late with Daniel DeSimone, Eric Berkowitz and company giving the FIU bats a chance to rally by keeping the deficit at 6 runs.

Patton And what you had to like about Saturday and Sunday's rallies were that they were fueled by several different Panthers, whereas in years past FIU had to rely on the same 2 or 3 hitters to get something going.

Saturday's game had sophomore Raiko Alfonso (2-run double), freshman Rudy Flores (3-run bomb), junior Yoandy Barroso (2 steals), sophomore Jeremy Patton (double in the 9th, left, thanks AJH photo) and senior Lammar Guy (game-winning RBI single) that all contributed in the rally.

On Sunday, sophomore Aaron Arboleya had another quality start. Then down 5-4 in the 8th, reliever Bryam Garcia made his FIU debut and held ORU scoreless for 2 gritty innings to give FIU a chance to tie. Jorge Marban ran into some tough luck in the 10th, but did not panic and kept it a 1-run game for the bottom of the 10th.

By the way, Garcia (right, thanks AJH photo) has some nasty stuff. FIU may have found its closer in No. 44.

Guy (double) and Patton (single) drew FIU within 5-4 on Sunday. Garrett Wittels gave the 10th inning rallyBgarcia some life with a single after Tim Jobe was walked and then freshman Jabari Henry had a senior-like at-bat.

With the bases loaded in the 10th and FIU down 6-5, Henry displayed that patience that we saw in his first college at-bats last week against Maryland. Instead, of going up there swinging at whatever to try and be the hero, Henry didn't like anything that was thrown and drew the game-tying walk. Not sure how many freshman across college baseball are Company Jones interns like Henry. He's an intern, because he's a freshman.

Guy capped it all off with his second straight game-winning RBI on a sac fly.

The FIU bullpen's work was very encouraging this past weekend, but just as or maybe even more important was the attitude the Panthers took when struck with adversity. They didn't panic and like Wittels said after the game: "The biggest thing for our team is confidence. Like coach Thomas was preaching Saturday night, when you come to the park thinking and knowing you are going to win is the biggest thing."

ISIAH HELPS GANGS

FIU coach Isiah Thomas missed Saturday's game against Western Kentucky, because of the Sun Belt's 1-game suspension for getting ejected from a game. Where was Isiah on Sunday? In Chicago: Isiah Back Home

Torgrim FIU opens the Sun Belt tourney on Saturday night against Denver at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time (8:45 p.m. in Hot Springs, Arkansas). The Pioneers defeated the Panthers 59-53 in Denver back on Dec. 17.

Will have a late-night LIVE HOOPS BLOG of the FIU/Denver game from Hot Springs on Saturday night. Brew some Cuban coffee and stay up with the GPP.

Speaking of FIU hoops, 6-6 shooting guard Torgrim Sommerfeldt (left) attended FIU's game against Middle Tennessee. TS, who is from Norway, originally was headed to Wake Forest until injuring a knee and the Demon Deacons pulled his scholie. Nothing concrete on TS becoming a Panther yet.

SPRING FOOTBALL STARTS WEDNESDAY

In case, you missed the previous post that's where you can check out the 2010 FIU Football schedule.

FIU Spring football starts on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. at FIU Stadium. So far all practices are open to the public. Will have your spring football preview on here Tuesday. 

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Looking forward to the new FIU defense - I would like to see the FIU lines get Carroll some time to work this season as well.

GO FIUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

Well, we have move up on the "Other's receiving votes" out side the Top 25 by USA TODAY, while knocking out ORU who had received more votes than us prior to the season. So a strong showing at the Coca Cola Classic this weekend, with an upset of #4 Arizona State University will leap frog us to top 25.
Baseball will lead the way....as has always been...FIU BASEBALL!!! LEt's get it!!

Below is the list of the "others receiving votes", as of March 1. Interesting only on the USA today poll did UM stay at #11 after their lost to Manhattan....Baseball America dropped them to #16....Nevermind that...we have our own launtry to worry about!!!

Others receiving votes: Vanderbilt 115; Kentucky 77; San Diego 45; Wichita State 37; North Carolina State 31; Texas A&M 31; St. John's 19; Western Kentucky 16; Georgia 15; New Mexico 15; Jacksonville 10; Alabama 8; Kansas 6; Florida International 4; Middle Tennessee 4; California 3; Florida Gulf Coast 3; Fresno State 3; Southern Mississippi 3; UAB 2; Liberty 2; College of Charleston 1; Oregon 1; Southeastern Louisiana 1; Washington State 1; Winthrop 1

John, a man is a man and he is only measured by the content of his character.

they both have the #2 as the second number on their jersey... we play 4 of those team receiving votes and if WKU has another good weekend they will be in Top 25 in most polls. Already at #23 in one of the polls.

PETE, what is your outlook on the "concessions" at the games? Can PG not cough up minimal money to bring in a serious pan con bistec guy? He should atleast try to reach out to the Gazituas (ex-player; owners of Sergio's) and see if they could help out with that.

Pete, what happened to the win-a-blog contest held in December? Was that blog ever posted? I don't recall reading it, maybe I missed it...

looking at the football schedule (yes i know its early)..
Its a HUGE mistake to have Week 1 "Open".. Why in the world would you do that? We can easily go 0-4 for the first half of the season (thank God for UNT). What the heck happend to Week 1 being a Sunbelt Away Game? Only two possitive things: 1) Troy is away game and thats great becuase that game will be a lose no matter where we play. 2) 4 out of last 6 games are at home.. I think we can go 6-6 even though my heart says 7-5.. I dont think 6-6 will get us bowling in Dec but it will be a nice jump up to the Top 3 teams in the conference.

Baseball is simply on FIRE!! How will the boys play against some of the Top 10 teams int he Nation coming up? If all FIU coaches can follow what Turtle is doing then we would need to buy a bigger trophy case!! LOL..

Note: BTW Indoor Track was a big disapointment in the Sunbelt Championship. Need to bounce back for Outdoor Track..

Go FIU

Company Jones, indeed....tremendous!!!

Sommerfeldt balled in the Nike Hoop Summit a few years back...I'll take him in a second

Its awesome to see Isiah back with some of my old posse members. What up 2-1-2. haha!

I was hoping to see FIU in the top 25 poll, but I was correct in thinking it was too early. I really cant wait to see how we play against AZ state. Im excited!

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