FIU Baseball opens its 42nd season Feb. 14 at home against Rutgers with a three-game series. To count down to the start of the new FIU baseball season, FIUSports.com will have an FIU baseball daily fact, historical tidbit or current player’s jersey number associated with the number of days left until the first pitch. There are 24 days left until Opening Night:
24 – Edwin Rios tied for the team lead in hits last season, so it came as no surprise that Rios led the Panthers with 24 multi-hit games in 2013.
Rios had a banner freshman season last year. Besides tying catcher Aramis Garcia for the team lead in hits with 72, Rios led FIU with a .332 batting average, 52 RBI and 26 walks. Rios also led FIU with 15 multi-RBI games thanks to his nine home runs and 20 doubles.
Rios had a knack for doubles in his first season. Eight of Rios’s first nine college hits last season were doubles. Rios’s first two hits of his career were two doubles in the season opener against Stony Brook. Rios closed out the season with two doubles against South Alabama.