Presbyterian Downs Furman, 11-4

Presbyterian Downs Furman, 11-4

CLINTON, S.C. -- Nate Horton went 2-for-3 with four RBI to lead Presbyterian to an 11-4 victory over Furman in baseball action Thursday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.

Horton delivered an RBI single in the second and in the fifth drove in a pair of runs with a double into the left center field gap to headline a 16-hit attack for Presbyterian (7-6).

Andrew Williams followed with a 3-for-5, 3-RBI performance, and Mack Hite, Gabe Grammer, Tony Micklon, and Tyler Hill added two hits apiece for the Blue Hose, who also got a two-run home run from Brad Zebedis en route to the win.

Furman (6-8), which managed only seven hits, was paced at the plate by Will Muzika, who went 2-for-5 with two-RBI in a constest that featured first career starts by a pair of Paladin freshmen, including first baseman Harrison Farmer and second baseman Hunter Burton.  Freshman Kevin O'Leary also earned the first start at shortstop for the Paladins.

Furman took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Harrison Farmer single down the right field line that scored Muzika.

It didn't last long, however, as PC got to Paladin starting pitcher Brian Dudzinski in its first at bat, using Zebedis two-run home run to left field to grab a 2-1 advantage.

The Blue Hose stretched the lead to 5-1 with three more runs in the second, highlighted by a Williams two-run double to center field.

Leading 6-2, PC blew the game open with a three-run fifth keyed by Horton's two-run double to left center field that plated Micklon and Kenny Bryant.

Muzika delivered his second double of the contest, a two-run double in the ninth.

PC's early offense made a winner of Blue starting pitcher Steven Richardson (1-2), who allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

Dudzinski (0-1) took the loss after getting charged with six runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings.

Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series Friday evening at Georgia Southern.  First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.