FIU opens a four-game series against St. Peter's on Friday at the FIU ballpark. For you good people that have been long-time FIU fans, if St. Peter's sounds familiar it is because it was FIU football's first-ever opponent in the 2002 inaugural game won by the Panthers 27-3.
The Panthers baseball team (27-12) looks to get back on track by knocking around the Peacocks pitching staff this weekend. After a 16-1 start to the season, FIU is 11-11 since with 15 games to go in the regular season. St. Peter's arrives in Miami with a 10-26 record and a 5-game losing streak. The Peacocks have a 7.11 ERA. So yes, this is a series ripe for the Panthers to find their groove again. The Peacocks are hitting .276.
This weekend's series can be an opportunity for a lot of Panthers to get in games that normally do not get a lot of playing time. Also, it's a chance for some pitchers to get extra work or fine-tune things.
FIU closer Mike Gomez has a chance to nail down the all-time FIU saves record this weekend. Gomez currently has 22 saves in his career -- one save away from Ozzie Lugo's record of 23 saves.