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Furman Clubs USC Upstate, 11-6

Will Muzika
Will Muzika

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Will Muzika went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs and Greg Harrision and Andrew MacLatchie both homered to power Furman past USC Upstate, 11-6, in Tuesday baseball action at Fluor Field.

Muzika, who batted third in the order for the first time this season, singled and scored in a two-run Furman first inning, drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth, and singled sharply to third base in the ninth to plate two more runs in helping Furman (22-17) complete the two-game season sweep of USC Upstate (23-19).

Greg Harrison, meanwhile, continued his impressive emergence from a knee injury by belting a two-run home run to left field in second inning, ripping an RBI double in the third, and reaching on a hit by pitch and scoring in the fifth.  The Hilton Head, S.C., junior designated hitter wrapped up his 3-for-4, 3-RBI, 3-run performance with a single in the ninth.

The Paladins, who banged out 12 hits in the game to improve to 6-1 at Fluor Field this season, also got a big evening from freshman catcher MacLatchie, whose three-run third inning home run gave Furman an 8-2 lead.  He also walked twice, part of 10 bases on balls issued by USC Upstate pitching.

Furman got an effective start from junior right-hander Jacques de Gruy (1-1), who had totaled only 4 2/3 innings and three appearances prior to Tuesday's action at the Spartans.  He allowed two runs on three hits and walked three while fanning four over four innings.

After his teammates had given him an 8-2 lead, de Gruy surrendered a leadoff single, a walk, and a hit batsman to load the bases in the third.  He rallied, however, to strike out Brandon Patterson and then got Brody Greer to ground into a inning ending double play.

Furman led 9-2 after seven innings before a sacrifice fly RBI and Luke Weber two-run home run in the eighth pulled the Spartans to within four runs.

The Paladins answered in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with a single and two walks before Muzika's sharp single to third base drove home Jordan Simpson and Griffin Davis.

USC Upstate starting and losing pitcher Ben Augenstein (2-4) was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.  He walked three and struck out one.

Furman opens a Southern Conference home series against rival The Citadel on Friday in a 6:00 p.m. game at Latham Stadium.  Saturday's contest is set for 4:00 p.m. and first pitch for Sunday's finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.