Left-hander Josh Maciejewski handcuffed FIU bats over eight innings as the 49ers defeated the Panthers 6-2 in the rubber game of a three-game series on a cold 46-degree Sunday afternoon at Hayes Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
FIU dropped to 11-13 on the season and 1-2 in Conference USA play. Charlotte is now 11-9 and 2-1 in C-USA.
The Panthers got to Maciejewski for two runs in the top of the sixth inning when Zack Soria led off with a double to left and Nick Day reached on a fielder’s choice as Hunter Jones’s throw to third base was late trying to nab Soria. Zach Files and Kenny Meimerstorf each followed with an RBI single.
▪ Flagler 7-3, Barry 2-2: Ramon Valdez and Alffredi Ramos drove in runs in the first game, but the Saints’ five runs in the seventh and eighth innings were too much for the Buccaneers, who dropped both ends of the doubleheader at St. Augustine.
In the second game, Barry (16-11) kept it close, attempting a comeback in the seventh after Flagler (13-11) had score three runs in the first two innings. Valdez hit a two-run homer to right field, but the Bucs weren’t able able to tie it up.
▪ FIU 16, Western Kentucky 7: A.J. Belans, Aleima Lopez, Dominique Grossman, Jackie Schoff and Ashley Leon all had two hits to lead the Panthers to a season-high run total as they beat the Hilltoppers at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Belans scored four runs and Leon drove in three runs for FIU (18-14, 4-2 Conference USA), which ended its four-game losing streak. WKU falls to 10-13, 2-1.
▪ Eckerd 6, Nova Southeastern 0: Carrie Shere hit a two-run home run and Kaycie Duncan added a solo shot to lead the host Tritons (18-11-1, 5-4 Sunshine State Conference) past the Sharks (9-22, 1-12) in the continuation of Saturday’s rainout.
Barry’s men's and women's home tennis matches with New York Institute of Technology were washed out because of rain. The men's match has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, and the women's match is tentatively rescheduled for Thursday.
No. 5 Nova Southeastern’s rowing varsity eight team opened the 2016 regular season with a second-place finish by the varsity eight at the UCF Regatta on Friday morning at Orlando.