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

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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).

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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.

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