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Diamond Din-Din & balls so soft

Some of feel stuck for a Valentine's Day present. Some of you know you don't have a good track record of buying presents (giving her a case of Budweiser so she doesn't have to buy it and carry it when she does the weekly Big Shop at Publix? Not getting it done.). Some of you haven't been together long enough or are smart enough to declare "This is just one more thing for us to stress over so no more Valentine's Day presents unless it's something for both of us/the house."

With that in mind -- oh, you who forget flowers, leave this blog and order them right now -- here's a list of what's available at auction, live or silent, during Saturday night's Diamond Dinner fundraiser for FIU baseball and softball.

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Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be the guest speaker. Call the Panther Club if this entices you to jump on the few remaining tickets. 305-348-4697.

Speaking of softball, a team with three preseason All-Sun Belt players among six returning starters gets going this afternoon in FIU's Panther Invitational against Kansas.

In addition to Jessy Alfonso, Brie Rojas and Kayla Burri, transfer Amber Curry made All-Big East while at St. John's. All should help replace the program's all-time best player, FIU graduate Ashley McClain, who led FIU last year in hitting (.356), home runs (eight), on-base percentage (.458), slugging percentage (.594), was the only player to start all 55 games (only Rojas also played in 55, started 54) and didn't commit an error (the two other players with a 1.000 fielding percentage played 54 games combined).



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