GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Freshman Tyler Wood pitched eight dominant innings in his collegiate debut, allowing only one hit and striking out six, to lead Furman to a 7-0 victory over Ohio in baseball action Sunday afternoon at Latham Stadium.
The win completed the four-game series sweep for Furman (4-0) over Ohio 0-4) and gave the Paladins their first 4-0 start to a season since 1998.
Wood, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound right-hander from St. Louis, Mo., was perfect over his first 5 1/3 innings of work and ended up facing one batter over the minimum in his eight frames. He threw only 86 pitches, including 56 strikes.
Backing up Wood's stellar mound work was a Paladin offense that collected eight hits and benefitted from 10 walks by Bobcat pitchers.
Furman led 2-0 after five innings before using seizing control with a four-run sixth. After Will Owens drew a bases loaded walk, his third free pass of the game, Aaron Thompkins delivered the frame's big blow when he steered an offering by Ohio pitcher Marck Paliotto over first base and into the right field corner for a three-run triple to stretch the lead to 6-0.
The Paladins tallied their final run in the eighth on a Kevin O'Leary lineup drive off Paliotto's leg, driving home Owens.
Wood struck out Ohio's Ethan Norton to start the game and didn't yield his lone hit until Taylor Emody stroked a single to left center field with one-out in the sixth. He recorded 19 of his 24 outs via strikeout or groundout and erased two of the three base runners he allowed with double plays.
Thompkins registered three of the Paladins' hits with a 3-for-5, three-RBI performance, and Will Miller, who reached base four times, went 2-for-3 and scored pair of runs. Owens also reached based on four occasions and crossed the plate three times.
Furman plays at Charleston Southern on Tuesday in a 2:00 p.m. game and at Georgia on Wednesday in a 5:00 p.m. contest.