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Furman Blanked At Wofford, 5-0

Jake Jones
Jake Jones

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford's Brandon Yarusi pitched a complete game shutout to beat Furmanm, 5-0, in Sunday Southern Conference baseball action at Russell King Field.

Yarusi (2-2), a senior right-hander, scattered eight hits — all singles, struck out eight, and didn't allow a walk or a runner past second base to give Wofford (15-23, 6-12 SoCon) the series win two games to one.

The loss handed Furman (19-16, 7-11 SoCon) its fourth straight league series defeat and marked the Paladins' ninth setback in their last 11 SoCon games.

Yarusi got all the runs he would need in the third inning after Demetrius Jennings reached on a throwing error by Paladin third baseman Chris Ohmstede and advanced to second.  He moved to third on a bunt single by Clark Wise and came home another bunt single by John Paradowski.  Wise later scored on a Seth Neely single to center field, and Paradowski made it 3-0 after coming home a squeeze play sacrifice bunt by James Plaisted.

The Terriers added two more runs in the fourth and chased Furman starting pitcher Jake Wolff (2-1) when Paradowski belted a two-run home run to right field.

Yarusi, meanwhile, was never threatened and held every Paladin batter in check except Jake Jones, who went 4-for4 in the game in accounting for half of Furman's eight hits.

Paradowski paced by going 2-for-3 and driving in three runs while scoring twice.  Wise went 2-for-4 with a run and stolen base.  The Terriers finished with seven hits.

Wolff lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing all five runs on five hits.  He walked two and struck out two.

Furman's bullpen, which included four pitchers, combined to toss 4 1/3 frames on two-hit, shutout ball.

The Paladins play at Clemson on Wednesday in a 6:30 p.m. game.