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.