It's still early in the 2015 college baseball season but FIU as a team and some Panthers are among the national leaders.
FIU outfielder Brian Portelli leads the nation with 11 doubles in the latest NCAA statistics. Portelli leads FIU with 17 hits, 11 RBI and a .609 slugging percentage. Portelli is second on the team in batting average (.370) to catcher Zach Soria, who is off to a .417 start. Thanks in large part to Portelli's doubles FIU is second in the nation in the category with 30. Alabama leads the nation in doubles with 32.
Despite getting off to a slow start at the plate (.266 team average), the Panthers are 40th in the nation out of 301 teams with 110 hits. Arizona leads with 160 hits. FIU is 26th in the nation with 78 runs scored, 46 of those runs coming from the Manhattan series. Mississippi State leads the nation with 115 runs scored.
FIU pitching is fourth in the nation with three shutouts. TCU, Bradley and California State Northridge lead with four shutouts. After two starts and four appearances overall freshman right-hander Andres Nunez has allowed zero earned runs in 16 2/3 innings to place in a tie with 42 other pitchers for the national ERA lead. Nunez has walked just one batter in the 16 2/3 innings. Nunez has struck out 14 batters and opponents are hitting just .153 off of him.
FIU HOOPS POSSIBLE C-USA SEEDING
The FIU men's basketball team has two regular season games left. The Panthers host Middle Tennessee and UAB before heading to Birmingham, Alabama for the Conference USA Tournament. The Panthers (13-16, 6-10 in C-USA) can be seeded as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 12 in the conference tournament depending how they do in the final two games.