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Furman Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Hofstra: 2-4, 5-4 (10)

Cameron Whitehead (photo courtesy of Wayne Rickman)

Game 1 Box Score

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Heath Burton's RBi single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Cameron Whitehead from third base to give Furman a 5-4 victory and doubleheader split with Hofstra in baseball action Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium.

Hofstra won the first game of the twinbill, 4-2.  The Paladins (8-11) and Pride (6-8) are scheduled to play Sunday's series finale a 1:00 p.m., weather permitting.

In the decisive 10th inning Whitehead lined a leadoff double off Pride reliever Brett Schreiber into the right field corner and then advanced to third on Sky Overton's bunt single to third base.  Burton then stroked the second pitch he saw from Schreiber into right center field to bring Whitehead home for the game winner.

Burton's hit made a winner of Tyler Wood (1-0), who entered the contest with one out in the ninth inning and runners on first and second,  After getting a force at third base for the second out, Wood surrendered an RBI single to Kenny Jackson that gave Hofstra a 4-3 lead but escaped further damage when Overton made a full sprint, over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field on a drive off the bat of Robbie Cafiero.

The Paladins tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out single by Jordan Simpson that plated Greg Harrison.

Wood allowed a couple of two-out base runners in the 10th but managed to escape by getting Dalton Rouleau to bounce into a force play at third base.

Furman grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first and made it 2-0 in the fourth on Whitehead's first career home run, a solo shot to left field off Pride starting pitcher David Jesch.

Hofstra used a Paladin error to plate three unearned runs in the fifth against Paladin starter Elliott Warford, who worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out four while lowering his season earned run average to 2.84.

The Paladins tied it at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame after Hunter Burton led off with a single, stole second, and came around to score on a Harrison single to left center field.

Furman kept it a tie until the ninth due to solid relief work from freshman Billy Greenfield, who allowed a run on one hit and walk while recording four strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings.

Schreiber (1-1) was charged with the loss after yielding two runs on eight hits in two-plus innings.

The Paladins banged out 17 hits in the second game, with Harrison, Overton, and Chris Ohmstede registering three hits apiece.

Hofstra had 13 hits with Rouleau leading the way with a 3-for-5 performance that included one RBI and two runs.

Both teams misfired on numerous scoring chances, with Furman stranding 14 runners and Hofstra 13.

In Saturday's opener, Hofstra starting pitcher Nick Kozlowski (3-1) out-dueled Furman's Matt Solter (0-2) to deliver the 4-2 victory to the Pride.

Kozlowski allowed a two-run double to Jordan Simpson in the first inning but rebounded to blank the Paladins over the next seven innings, retiring 16 of 17 batters he faced during one stretch, to notch the victory.

The Pride cut Furman's lead to 2-1 with a run in the third on an Eric Ferguson single to first base that scored Michael Friel.

It remained that way until the seventh when Matt Ford's two-out, two-run double off Solter gave Hofstra a 3-2 lead.

Hofstra added another run in the eighth on a wild pitch that allowed Brian MacDonald to spring home.

Kozlowski was lifted in the ninth for Brett Schreiber, who retired the Paladins in order to earn the save, his second of the season.

MacDonald tallied two of the Pride's eight hits.

Hunter and Heath Burton had two hits apiece for Furman, which finished with six hits.

Solter surrendered three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.  He walked two and fanned four.