Old and common baseball knowledge says that one of the hardest things to do in the sport is sweep a doubleheader. FIU found that out the hard way against visiting Manhattan College.
Perhaps on cruise control after a dominating 17-0 win in Game 1, FIU fell victim to a late-inning rally, and the Panthers settled for a split after dropping Game 2 by a 5-3 score.
The FIU bullpen spoiled an excellent start by Game 2 starter Garrett Cave, who followed Game 1 starter Andres Nunez’s eight shutout innings with five of his own.
Nunez earned his second win of the season, while Cave was stuck with a no-decision after relievers Gianni Zayas and Dominic LoBrutto combined to allow five runs in the seventh.
The Game 2 win was the first of the season for Manhattan (1-6).
Brian Portelli (3 for 4, three runs, RBI) and Zach Soria (2 for 5, two runs, two RBI) paced the Panthers in Game 1.