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Brooms & Seeds

You could say both baseball and softball pulled out the brooms to sweep their competition, East Carolina and Southern Mississippi, respectively, this weekend. In the case of softball, it's more like they pulled out the brooms, wet them and went all Mr. Jinks on Southern Miss in a crushing sweep that pushed FIU into the Conference USA tournament's No. 3 seed.

Combined score of 32-4; a no-hit shutout by Shelby Graves, who combined with Corinne Jenkins for another shutout in Sunday's 5-0 win that ended with a triple play; more hits (40) than Stevie Wonder in the 1970s...that's beating a mouse with a wet broom.

FIU (33-19, 15-9) opens the tournament, hosted by FAU, Thursday with a game against East Carolina at 1:30. Earlier this season on Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium, FIU edged the Pirates 11-9 and 2-0 before taking a 12-2 spanking in the final game. If seeding and regular season results hold and FIU advances, the Panthers get the winner of No. 2 Alabama-Birmingham vs. No. 7 Marshall, against whom FIU was a combined 1-5 this season -- losing the first two, winning one at UAB and getting swept at Marshall.

Baseball's sweep, made possible by Tyler Hibbert's two-RBI single and 2-1 win, pushed the Former Sunblazers all the way up to a tie for fourth in the conference with Texas-San Antonio at 14-10 in the conference. No. 9 FAU got to 12-15 this weekend playing Old Dominion. So, FIU's margin for error can get downright porcine with a strong Mother's Day Weekend against Middle Tennessee State.



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Nice sweeps for baseball and softball!

Go FIU!!!

Big series win! Lets build momentum to C-USA tourney & God willing, the NCAA Regionals.

If we can hold on and win the CUSA tourney, I'm pretty sure we'll be a #2 seed at the Coral Gables regional. If we lose in the championship game, then I think we'll be a #3 or #4 in the same regional.

If Miami continues to play the way their playing, they're a virtual lock to host.

DP should all that happen, I hope TT learned his lesson and rolls out one of the Nations best pitchers in Mike Franco on Game one and not "save" him.

At any rate, we have to qualify first, and I agree with you, FIU will need to advance to the CUSA championship game to earn an at large.

Good luck Panthers!!!

The game against FAU doesn't count in the conference standings.

May not be conf game, however we need to take care of USF Wed.

Chia, I'd still consider holding Franco to the second game for one reason. I'm actually very confident in our two other starters, Crouse & Mourelle.

If TT went with Crouse in game 1, Franco game 2 and Mourelle game 3, I'd be okay with that. While there is some dropoff from Franco to Crouse, there's not as much dropoff as their had been in years past between our #1 and #2.

Our RPI is going to take a bit of a hit during this stretch, as we're facing the bottom of the CUSA barrel for the rest of the season. We'll definitely have to win out to make the postseason.

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