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March 23, 2011

Smith Pitches Furman To 4-0 Shutout Of USC Upstate

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Nate Smith pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to propel Furman to a 4-0 victory over USC Upstate in baseball action Wednesday evening at Latham Stadium.

The win helped Furman (11-12) gain the two-game season series split with USC Upstate (8-13).

Smith (1-3), a sophomore left-hander who retired the first 11 batters he faced, pitched around a pair of singles in the fourth and one in the fifth on the way to the longest outing of his career.  He issued his only walk of the fray leading off the ninth and was pulled for Drake Browne, who came on to get the final three outs in the contest, which consumed just one hour and 59 minutes.

The Paladins got all the runs they would need in the fifth, using left center field doubles by Alex Abrams and Rob Fondu and an error to plate three runs off Spartans' starting pitcher David Roseboom.  A Dylan Cole groundout scored Abrams and a bases loaded walk by Aaron Thompkins forced in forced in Cole.  Reese Wade completed the three run frame with an RBI grounder that drove home Fondu.

The Paladins added another run in the eighth after loading the bases with no outs.  Will Miller, who led off the inning with a single to center field, scored on a double play grounder to make it 4-0.

Both teams managed just four hits apiece, with Will Owens, Miller, Abrams, and Fondu accounting for the Paladins' base hits.

Smith's eight-plus innings of work required 100 pitches, including 67 strikes.  He walked one and struck out one.

Roseboom (0-5) took the loss after working 4 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and three runs, only one of which was earned, and five walks.  He fanned four.

Furman, which has won five of its last six games, will open a three-game Southern Conference series Friday at Latham Stadium.  First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.