Baseball

 
February 17, 2012

Furman Hoofs Miami University, 10-2, In Baseball Season Opener

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Bobby Lyne pitched six solid innings and received solid support at the plate from outfielders Will Miller and Will Owens to power Furman past Miami University, 10-2, in the 2012 baseball season opener for both teams Friday afternoon at sunny Latham Stadium.

Lyne (1-0), a senior right-hander, allowed a pair of runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out five to earn the victory, which was keyed by a potent Paladin offense that banged out 13 hits highlighted by the work of Miller and Owens, who combined for five hits and seven RBI.

Miller went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, and four RBI, and Owens registered a 2-for-4 afternoon  with three RBI and three runs scored.

Miller's two-run round tripper to left field in the third off RedHawks starting pitcher Mac Thoreson (0-1), a first team All-Mid American selection in 2011, gave Furman a 2-0 lead.

An inning later Owens stroked a Thoreson offering into center field to drive home Harrison Farmer and Taylor Johnson for a 4-0 lead.  The Paladins tacked on two more in the frame on a balk, which scored Heath Burton, and on a Miller double to left center field, which plated Owens.

Miami registered its two runs in the sixth on a Kevin Bower two-run home run to left field, but the Paladins answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single to center field by Paul Nitto to stretch the lead to 8-2.

Owens and Miller finished off their afternoons with back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh off Miami reliever Joe Neff.

Alex Abrams also had three hits for Furman.

Ryan Brenner tallied two of the RedHawks' five hits.

Game two of the scheduled three-game weekend series is set for Saturday at noon.  Stay tuned to www.furmanpaladins.com for potential schedule changes due to weather.

Notes:  Center fielder Will Miller extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which includes the nine-game streak he fashioned at the end of the 2011 season.  Third baseman Alex Abrams extended his errorless streak to 22 games, successfully handling two chances in Friday's victory.  Abrams fielded at a .955 clip a year ago, the best mark among all league third baseman.  Three Paladin freshmen saw their first collegiate action on Friday:  RHP Elliott Warford, outfielder Jake Jones, and shortstop Chris Ohmstede.