If last weekend's sweep by highly-ranked Rice cast a Sasquatch-sized shadow of a doubt on FIU's status, Friday's 8-5 Panthers win in the first of three games at Florida State shrunk that shadow. FSU came into the weekend ranked No. 8 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 18 by Baseball America.
FIU's last win in Tallahassee was Feb. 21, 1990, when people were doing the Roger Rabbit to this....
R.J. Fondon (1-1) got the win and lefty junior Michael Gomez, out of Braddock High and Miami-Dade College, got the save. Pablo Bermudez went three for six, junior Adam Kirsch went three for five and senior Mike Martinez went two for four with a stolen base.
Freshman Johanna Gustafsdottir, upset winner of the 200 Individual Medley Thursday at the Sun Belt Swimming & Diving Championships, took her second individual championship Friday. Gustafsdottir's 1:48.09 200 freestyle brought her home .36 of a second ahead of North Texas' Catia Weickgenant, the fastest in Friday morning's preliminaries by .11 of a second ahead of Gustafsdottir. FIU's Kayla Derr finished fifth in 1:49.82.
As she did in the 3-meter competition Wednesday, sophomore Sabrina Beupre routed her diving pseudo-competition in the 1-meter Friday. This time, Beaupre did a Riva Ridge instead of a Secretariat -- her 307.70 points were only (heh) 14.65 percent better than second place Catherine Johnson of North Texas, yet still a Sun Belt Conference record.
Sophomore Sonia Perez Arau took a second in the 400 IM Friday, her 4:13.99 just 1.55 seconds behind FAU's Eszter Bucz. Something about the AU and the Eszter on a Friday night makes me think of...
Freshman Klara Andersson's 1:04.06 was good enough for a fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Andersson, Derr, Perez Arau and Kelly Grace comprised FIU's fifth-place 200 free relay team Thursday night.
Ashley McClain led off the game with a solo home run, the 27th homer and 132nd RBI of her college career. Unfortunately for FIU, that sums up the scoring offense in their two Friday games at the FAU Invitational, losses of 4-1 to Tulsa and 3-0 to Loyola Marymount.
Before the equipment dried from the 2011 season, FIU became the first of many to offer Orlando Jones defensive end Devin Washington, class of 2013. Washington's taking a swing through town this weekend, visiting FIU (definitely) and UM (probably).