Stevie Powers Blanks FIU Friday Night 5-0 in Miami
MIAMI - Southern Miss starting pitcher Stevie Powers limited FIU to nine hits as he fired the first complete-game shutout in almost three years to lead the No. 12 Golden Eagles to a 5-0 victory at Infinity Insurance Park Friday night in Conference USA action.
The Golden Eagles (23-10 overall, 9-3 C-USA) used clutch hitting in the contest as they scored solo runs in five different innings.
But it was Powers who came up big for the visitors as the game marked the first nine-inning shutout for the program since current Yankee farmhand Cody Carroll blanked Marshall back on May 2, 2015.
Powers, who registered his first collegiate complete game, fanned a career-high tying 10 batters and walked just one to get the victory and improve to 3-1 on the year.
Although the Panthers (16-18, 6-7) had runners on base in eight different innings, Powers limited FIU to 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position, including fanning three batters in the ninth to end the game with the bases loaded.
The Golden Eagle meanwhile took advantage of their opportunities, finishing 3-for-4 in the game with runners in scoring position.
Matt Wallner got the Golden Eagles on the board first with a solo home run to leftfield to start the second. The opposite field homer was his team-leading ninth of the year.
Southern Miss then added a RBI single by Mason Irby in the fifth as he followed a leadoff double by Bryant Bowen to left with a run-scoring bingle to right. Hunter Slater added an RBI single in the sixth and Gabe Montenegro tallied a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Montenegro completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the ninth to plate Fred Franklin, who opened the inning with a single and stole second.
FIU left-handed starter Logan Allen fanned 12 and walked just two, but allowed four runs on seven hits over seven innings to suffer the loss and fall to 4-4.
The two teams continue the series with a 5 p.m. CT contest Saturday.