The South Florida Bulls pulled out a 6-4 victory over host FIU on Wednesday night, but the Panthers made them earn it.
The Bulls (25-23) had to use 10 pitchers in the game to overcome the Panthers (34-13).
Sophomore Edwin Rios led the way for the Panthers with three hits. Juniors Julius Gaines and Josh Anderson each had two hits apiece in the loss. Senior Zach Sweety drove in two runs and tripled.
After the Bulls plated two runs in the first inning, FIU rallied with with three runs in the bottom half. Anderson and Rios, who each walked earlier in the inning, scored on Sweety’s two-run triple.
A single by junior Alec Beyersdorf scored Sweety from third to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
South Florida went on to score three unanswered runs before FIU scored one in the sixth. Junior Roche Woodard, who led off the sixth with a walk, scored on senior Tyler Hibbert’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-4 in favor of the Bulls.
The Bulls added an insurance run in the seventh inning to make it 6-4.
FIU left 11 runners on base in the game, including two in the eighth and two in the ninth.
The Panthers are back in action this weekend, hosting Middle Tennessee State in their final home series of the season.
Track and field
Ian Kerr, who attended Queens College in Nassau, Bahamas, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hurricanes, becoming the newest member of the Miami track and field program.
Kerr is a sprinter who has personal-bests of 10.61 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 20.91 seconds in the 200 meter. He was the 2014 Bahamian champion in the 200 meter and was the runner-up in the 100. Kerr also represented the Bahamas at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships.
Five University of Miami teams were honored for being among the top 10 percent in Academic Progress Rates (APR), the NCAA announced.
The men’s basketball, men’s diving, women’s swimming, and men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized with APR Public Recognition Awards.
It marks the third year in a row that women’s cross country received the award and the second consecutive year for men’s basketball.
The Academic Progress Rate measures the eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.