Richard Gibson/Staff Writer
As the season progresses, FIU has seen both blowout wins and losses. Coming off a rough series against the Pepperdine Waves, FIU looked to bounce back versus the Penn Quakers. Beginning as a defensive battle, Penn broke first, forcing FIU to respond. While FIU saw some success at-bat, they couldn’t meet Penn’s amount, losing by a score of 4-1
The first inning for Penn at-bat was brief, featuring a 1-2-3 series. FIU coped Penn’s first inning with three straight outs of their own, thanks to a sharp early performance by pitcher Logan Allen.
Penn’s second inning was somehow quicker than the first, with another three out series. FIU started out with a double by Justin Farmer, but three straight outs left Farmer on base, ending the inning with both teams still scoreless.
To prove that this game was a defensive stalemate, Penn once again earned no hits in the third inning. Off an error by Penn, Robert Sotolongo was able to get on first base, but FIU couldn’t convert him into a run.
Penn finally put up some work in the fourth inning, earning a single. Three straight outs later, Penn’s inning was over. For FIU, Derek Cartaya hit a single, then Jose Garcia was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, some costly outs by FIU left the two batters on base.
The fifth inning for Penn featured two singles, then a player hit by a pitch. Another single scored a run, but three straight outs would cut the bleeding there. Still, Penn would score first, leading 1-0. FIU answered with a single by Juan Teixiera, but couldn’t create any runs out of it.
Penn’s sixth inning began with three straight singles, filling the bases. After a player was hit by a pitch, Penn brought in another run. Some more solid pitching by Allen ensured that was it, though Penn’s lead was now 2-0. For FIU, Cartaya singled, but couldn’t convert him into runs once more.
The seventh inning for Penn saw more action, featuring a single, then a double that brought home one more run. A single RBI brought home yet another run, followed by a walk. That was it, but Penn’s lead was now 4-0. FIU’s had no response, with a quick 1-2-3 inning.
FIU needed to stop Penn from scoring any more runs in the eighth inning, though it wouldn’t come easy. After a double and single, a double play would be needed to end the inning there. Off an error by Penn, Jarrett Ford would get on first base. An RBI single by Cartaya would give FIU their first run of the game, closing the lead to 4-1.
The ninth inning for Penn was busy, consisting of two singles but earning no runs. Needing three runs, FIU couldn’t put up any hits in the ninth, ending the game with a 4-1 loss. Logan Allen picks up the loss, however, his overall record this season is 2-1.
FIU only managed five hits on 32 at-bats. Cartaya led FIU in hits with three total, as well as the only RBI of the game for FIU. Despite the loss, Allen put up ten strikeouts in six innings pitched.
FIU will continue the series against Penn with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 7th. The first game will begin at 2 p.m, and the second will begin 45 minutes after the first game ends. The final game in the series will be on Sunday, March 8th at noon. FIU will then play a single game against Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday, March 11th.