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Hitters, throwers, no catchers...

For an unspecified violation of team rules, two seniors, infielder Mike Martinez and right-handed pitcher Logan Dodds, have been suspended for the baseball team's season-opening series against Rice.

There will be a fuller season preview/series preview story in Friday's Herald, but one tidbit -- it looks like FIU's starting pitching rotation will be lefthanded R.J. Fondon, lefthanded former late reliever Mason McVay -- "He threw five nnings on Saturday and was not sore the next day at all, which was good. he came up to me and made that comment specifically," FIU coach Turtle Thomas said -- and righty Jose Lazaro, a freshman from Puerto Rico via North Broward Prep.

TRACK AND FIELD

What's cool about junior Benia Gregoire being named Sun Belt Field Athlete of the Week for winning the weight throw at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson? Well, other than doing it with a throw of 20.49 meters and being ranked ninth in the nation.

Gregoire's part of the track team. No sport at FIU labors with such comically poor facilities.  IMG-20111027-00196

My middle school track teammates, high school track teammates and every school we faced would laugh like we were watching Benny Hill if a coach suggested we practice in such a space.

SOFTBALL

Senior outfielder Ashley McClain is one of the 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an award honoring the all-around good person/athlete types who attain high standards of character, schoolwork, community involvement and playing well.

McClain made the Sun Belt Honor Roll for the 2010-11 school year on her way to a bachelor's in criminal justice. Now, she's working on a public administration degree.

 

 

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DJN,

Your spot on with the ridiculous "facilities" that the track and field team has to deal with. In the midst of all this conference realignment hoopla going on, there has to be plans to create a track & field complex. right?

Totally agree!

As a former Cross Country and Track & Field runner I think FIU has dropped the ball on the track team. I realize Football and Baseball will get first take on MONEY. But we have been asking for a Track / Soccer complex for at least TEN YEAR!! Its amazing that they can still recruit good athletes with no facility. Waiting 3 years is Fine.
Waiting 5 years is OK
Waiting 7 years is stretching it.
Waiting 10 years is SAD!
Waiting OVER 10 years is PATHETIC!

The problem is not only Track but both Women and Men's Soccer. THey are playing in a "High School" Stadium inside a university campus. Come on!

DJN
I wish you would elaborate on this story and interview a couple atheltes as well as some of the coaches who have been affected by poor facilities. Do we need to wait another 10 years before FIU invests some money into Track, Cross, Soccer?!?!?!?!

Go FIU!

No offense gooch but most people don't care about track and field and soccer.

The road's fine for runners, it'll build character, these kids aren't exactly training for the Olympics.

Pay your coach or I'm going to come down there and do it myself.

Please do. Pay me, too! I want money.

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