Furman Trims East Tennessee State, 7-4
JOHNSON CITY, TENN. -- Tyler Wood won his third straight decision and Paul Nitto drove in three runs to power Furman to a 7-4 victory over East Tennessee State in Tuesday afternoon baseball action at Thomas Stadium.
The win halted a three-game losing skid for Furman (9-8) while East Tennessee State (8-6) dropped its second encounter of the season against Southern Conference foes.
Coming off a seven-inning, two-hit performance in a 6-1 win over UNC Asheville last week, Wood (3-1) worked six innings, allowing three runs on six hits before departing with a 4-3 lead. The sophomore right-hander walked one and struck out five.
The Paladins fell behind 3-0 before tying the game with three runs in the fifth. Nitto drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on an Alex Abrams double, and then scored along with Abrams on a Taylor Johnson double to center field. Johnson came around to score the game tying run on a single to right field by Harrison Farmer.
Furman took the lead for good in the sixth when Will Miller stroked a leadoff double, moved to third on a balk, and came home on a Nitto sacrifice fly.
The Paladins added three insurance runs in the eighth, two of which came on a Nitto single to center field off Buccaneer reliever Kerry Doane that stretched the lead to 7-3.
Paladin relievers Daniel Stallsmith and Matt Solter worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively, and Elliott Warford allowed a run in the ninth before nailing down the victory.
Clinton Freeman went 3-for-4 to lead East Tennessee State's 11-hit attack, and Derek Niesman had two hits, including a two-run single in the fourth that staked the Buccaneers to a 3-0 lead.
Jimmy Nesselt (0-2) held Furman hitless over the first four frames before the Paladins got to him in the fifth. He ended up taking the loss after yielding four runs on four hits and two walks. He fanned two.
Furman returns home to take on USC Upstate on Wednesday in a 6:00 p.m. game at Latham Stadium.