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Furman Falls To Sixth-Ranked South Carolina, 8-5

Will Miller
Will Miller

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Joey Pankake had five hits and Evan Marzilli went 4-for-5, homered, and scored four runs to propel nationally sixth-ranked South Carolina to an 8-5 victory over Furman in front of 5,965 fans at Fluor Field on Tuesday evening.

The win improves South Carolina to 16-4 on the season while Furman falls to 11-11 on the campaign.

Pankake had five consecutive hits before hitting into a double play in the ninth to spoil his bid for a perfect evening.  The freshman from Ealsey doubled and drove in a pair or runs.

Marzilli's work at the plate included a three-run home run down the right field line in the sixth inning that gave the Gamecocks a 6-2 lead.

South Carolina banged out a season high 16 hits.

Will Miller headlined Furman's offense with a 3-for-4, 3-RBI display.  The senior center fielder cracked his team leading sixth home run in the seventh to pull the Paladins to within three runs at 8-5.

Taylor Johnson also homered for the Paladins, hitting a two-run shot to left field in the fourth that tied the game at 2-2.

The win was credited to Hunter Privette (1-0), who came on for Gamecock starter Jordan Montgomery with two outs in the bottom of the fifth with USC leading 3-2.

Furman starter Tyler Wood (3-2) was charged with the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits in five innings of work.  He walked four and fanned two.

South Carolina took a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and another in the third on Christian Walker's sacrifice fly.

Johnson tied it with a 2-run blast off Montgomery in the fourth, but South Carolina answered with a run in the fifth for a 3-2 lead and with a three-run sixth on Marzilli's three-run clout that sailed over the right field wall just inside the Pesky Pole.

Furman left the bases loaded in the sixth after Tyler Webb retired Paladin pinch-hitter Harrison Farmer on a fly to right following a 13-pitch at bat.

The Paladins put runners at first and third with one out in the eighth but failed to score.

Evan Beal worked a perfect ninth to notch his fourth save.

Six South Carolina pitchers combined to record 15 strikeouts, including a career high eight by Montgomery.

Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series against Georgia Southern this Friday at Latham Stadium.  First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.