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May 19, 2014

Baseball Stuff Like That; Donald in the Middle

A few things before I scratch out 15 inches for Wednesday's paper on FIU baseball headed for the Conference USA tournament...

Give it up to junior catcher/first baseman Aramis Garcia and senior closer Mike Gomez, members of the Conference USA's Baseball All-Academic Team. No other school put more than one player on the team. Both are sports and fitness majors. Gomez has a 3.79 grade point average and Garcia has a 3.78.

FIU plans to have Garcia behind the plate Wednesday against Rice. He missed 12 games with a right oblique injury and returned to play first base at the end of the season-closing series at Tulane.

At the other end of the battery, FIU plans to throw freshman Chris Mourelle at Rice, according to Turtle Thomas. They didn't throw Mourelle last week against Tulane once the staff felt the chance for an at-large NCAA bid was gone and don't want to throw ace Mike Franco twice on short rest in a conference tournament they now need to win to make the NCAA tournament.

Also, Rice saw Mourelle only for three innings after Robby Kalaf took a shot off his right hand in the first inning in the third game of Rice's sweep earlier this year. Mourelle faced 16 batters, gave up five hits and only one run (it was earned).


FIU fifth-year senior Donald Senat made the 64-player spring watch list for the Dave Rimington Award, given annually to the best center in college football. 

Dave Rimington was the best center of his era, a dominating player on Nebraska's 1981 and 1982 teams, seasons that saw him become the first two-time winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding interior lineman. Rimington didn't make All-Decade teams. He made All-Century teams. Though he was part of the 1983 NFL Draft's first round, generally considered the greatest first round ever, his seven-season NFL career never quite lived up to the hype. That hype existed for a center should tell you something by itself.



Women 4th, Men 11th in Conference USA Track & Field

Strong placings by the throwers and points from the sprinters on the last day of the Conference USA Track & Field Championships allowed FIU's women to hold onto fourth in the team standings. East Carolina took the title with 140 points. Texas-El Paso came home second with 88 points, Rice in third with 74 points and FIU in fourth with 66.5 points.

Sophomore Raqurra Ishmar, who finished fifth in the hammer throw, pushed her way to second in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 2 inches, 4 feet 2.5 inches behind winner Claire Uke from Rice. In the javelin, another sophomore, Tiffani Hernandez, threw the spear 143-3 to finish third.

Out on the track, sophomore Cam'ree Jackson finished third in a 100 meter final that saw the first four places within nine hundreths of a second. Earlier, Jackson ran the second leg in the fourth place 4x100 relay team led off by sophomore Phillicia Fluellen and closing with sophomore Oriel Anu and senior T'Keyah Dumoy. They ran a 45.2, .15 behind third place UTEP and .82 behind champions East Carolina.

Sophomore Jaylaan Slaughter, in 1:01.45. picked up five points for her fourth in the 400 meter hurdles.


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