FIU nearly knocked off No. 14 Texas A&M Friday night losing 6-5 in extra innings. The Panthers (11-4) had an early 2-0 lead off Aggies' starting pitcher John Stilson. Stilson ran into trouble early, falling 2-0 in the top of first inning when designated hitter Mike Martinez hit a line-drive to center field scoring Jeremy Patton and Garrett Wittels.
Stilson, who had a combined 28 strike outs in his first three outings, gave up a season-high four runs to FIU. FIU starter Phil Haig gave up five runs in six innings of work, striking out four and surrendering two walks.
The Aggies bounced back in the bottom of the first inning, tying the game. Texas A&M would go on to take a 4-2 lead in the home-half of the third inning when Jacob House scored Matt Juengel from third base on a ground out.
FIU rallied to tie the game in the top of fifth, when Patton hit a two-run home run off Stilson. The Aggies would once again retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Mark House hit a home run to make the score 5-4.
Wittles, leading the team with 17 RBI, tied the game in the seventh, plating Pablo Bermudez after hitting the ball down the right-field line.
The game remained tied 5-5 going into the home-half of the 10th inning when short stop Kenny Jackson singled in the winning run off FIU's Aaron Arboleya (1-1). Boxscore
FIU will play the second-game of the three-game series Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The Panthers' R.J. Fondon (1-1, 5.23 ERA) takes on the Aggies' Michael Wacha (2-1, 0.45 ERA).