Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) — The Hurricanes dropped the first of a back-to-back matchup with crosstown rival FIU Tuesday at Mark Light Field.

READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall

Despite freshman starter Greg Veliz’s (0-1) career-best seven strikeouts and surrendering three runs, the Canes couldn’t get any offense going against FIU senior righthander Robert Garcia (1-2).

READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County

Veliz went 5.1 innings and gave up just two hits and three walks. Garcia, however, struck out nine, a career-high, and tossed seven shutout innings.

The 12-1 was the largest margin of victory for FIU in the series that began in 1973, the team tweeted out after the game.

MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday

Miami will make the short trip to FIU Baseball Stadium Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.