BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Taylor Johnson went 2-for-4, homered, and scored three runs to help Furman past Garner-Webb, 6-4, in baseball action Wednesday afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium.
The win improves Furman to 4-5 on the season while Gardner-Webb falls to 5-3.
Johnson led off the third with a single and later scored to tie the game at 1-1. In the sixth the Greer, S.C., product belted his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right field off Bulldog reliever Mitch Warner, to give Furman a 4-1 lead, and in the eighth he reached on an error and crossed the plate on a Zack Greenwell RBI single.
Will Owens led Furman at the dish with a 3-for-5 performance and scored two runs, and Greenwell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Furman finished the contest with 10 hits while Gardner-Webb had seven. The Bulldogs committed five errors, which led to three unearned runs.
The Paladins received solid pitching from starter and winner Tyler Wood (1-1), who allowed four hits and a run over four innings. The sophomore right-hander surrendered a solo home run to John Harris in the second, which gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead before Furman answered with two in the third on an Owens RBI single and groundout by Will Miller.
Furman upped its lead to 3-1 with an unearned run in the fourth and to 4-1 on Johnson's sixth inning round tripper. The Paladins tacked on two more runs in the eighth for a 6-1 lead, combining three hits with two more Bulldog defensive miscues.
Furman's bullpen trio of Jacques de Gruy, Mike Waller, and Stephen Gary combined to keep Gardner-Webb hitless in the fifth, sixth, and seventh frames before Matt Solter ran into trouble in the eighth. A leadoff walk was followed by a Scott Johnson RBI double that cut Furman's lead to 6-2. Dusty Quattlebaum then cracked a two-run shot to right field to slice the advantage to 6-4.
Freshman right-hander Elliott Warford got the call at that point and came on to get all three outs in the eighth before working a perfect ninth. He struck out two in notching his second save on the young season.
Furman opens a three-game series with Toledo this Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Latham Stadium.