Furman Falls At Wofford, 10-8

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Josh Hyman and Matt Ramsay both homered and Wofford exploited a leaky Furman defense to post a 10-8 Southern Conference victory over the Paladins Friday evening at Russell C. King Field.

The win halted an eight-game losing skid for Wofford (14-22, 5-11 SoCon) while the loss marked the eighth setback in the last nine league games for Furman (6-10 SoCon).

Wofford built a 7-0 lead after four innings, taking advantage of three Furman errors to score a pair of unearned runs in the second, three more in the third on a Ramsay three-run home run, and two in the fourth on a Hyman two-run clout — all off Paladin starting pitcher Nate Smith.

Furman got on the board in the sixth with a Paul Nitto three-run home run, followed by an Alex Abrams solo blast  that pulled the Paladins' to within 7-4.

The Terriers answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a James Plaisted RBI double to make it 8-4.

It remained that way until the eighth, when Furman used three walks off of Terrier reliever JD Osborne to load the bases with one out before Abrams sprinted home on a wild pitch by Osborne's replacement, Eric Eck.  Will Muzika then singled to shortstop to drive in Chris Ohmstede and Heath Burton, who scored from second following an error to cut the lead to 8-7.

Eck got out of the inning by retiring Heath Burton on a ground out and then picked up a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a two-out Clark Wise RBI infield single and fourth Furman error of the game, which allowed Ramsay to score from third base.

Nitto delivered an RBI single in the ninth to drive home Taylor Johnson, who had reached on an error, but Eck doused the rally by striking out Abrams, Ohmstede, and Griffin Davis in order to end the game.

Wofford, which out-hit Furman 13-8, used its early game offense to make a winner of starting pitcher Jesse Morris (5-3), who allowed four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.  He walked three and struck out nine.

Eck worked the final 1 2/3 innings to earn the save, his eighth of the season.  He recorded four strikeouts for the Terriers, whose four pitcher combined to notch 16 strikeouts in the game.

The loss was charged to Smith (4-2), who allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits over four innings.

Hyman went 3-for-4, including the two-run home run, and scored three times.  Wise also had three hits and recorded three stolen three bases for the Terriers, who swiped eight bags in the contest.

Nitto broke out of his recent slump with a 2-for-5, four-RBI performance.  Will Muzika also had two hits, as did Jake Jones, who made his first start in left field in over a month due to a foot stress fracture.

The Paladins and Terriers play at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.