Baseball

 
March 5, 2013

Furman Plucks Coastal Carolina, 4-1; Nitto Extends Hitting Streak To 20 Games

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Tyler Wood pitched five shutout innings and Will Muzika scored three runs to lead Furman past Coastal Carolina, 4-1, in Tuesday afternoon college baseball action at Pelican Stadium.

The win improves Furman to 9-3 on the season while Coastal Carolina falls to 4-7.  The two teams will play again on Wednesday at Pelican Stadium, with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.

Wood (1-0), a junior right-hander, surrendered two hits and three walks but used two strikeouts and a pair of double play balls to keep Coastal Carolina off the scoreboard before departing with a 1-0 lead.  He was followed by four relievers, who combined to limit the Chanticleers to a run on three hits over the final four frames.

Muzika broke the scoreless tie in the fifth after drawing a one-out walk and advancing to second before coming around to score on a Taylor Johnson double down the left field line off Coastal Carolina starting  and losing pitcher Seth Ramando (1-1).

In the seventh Muzika was hit by a pitch and later scored on a double play to give Furman a 2-0 lead.

Coastal Carolina cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh on Zach Remillard's groundout that plated Ted Blackman.

The Paladins struck again in the ninth, tallying two runs on a hit and two Coastal Carolina errors.  Muzika led off with a single, advanced to second on a balk and on to third on a Hunter Burton's sacrifice bunt attempt that Chanticleer catcher Will Remillard fielded but threw into left field, allowing Muzika to score.  Paul Nitto then drove in Burton with a groundout to strech the lead to 4-1.

Matt Solter pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to retire the Chanticleers and collect his third save of the season.

Taylor Johnson and Jordan Simpson had two hits apiece in Furman's 10-attack.  Nitto went 1-for-5 with a single in the seventh inning to extend his hiitting streak to 20 games, the longest active streak in the  SoCon.

Jacob May had two of Coastal Carolina's five hits.