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Furman Downs Presbyterian, 9-3

Hunter Burton
Hunter Burton

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Heath and Hunter Burton combined for four hits and five RBI to propel Furman to a 9-3 victory over Presbyterian in baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Latham Stadium.

The victory marked only the third triumph in 10 games in Latham Stadium this year for Furman (10-15), which owns a pair of victories at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.

Heath Burton went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs while twin brother Hunter registered a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI, two runs, and three stolen bases, which pushed his SoCon leading stolen base tally to 22.

Furman took a 3-1 lead in a first inning walk-fest that featured a combined nine bases on balls by Paladin and Blue Hose starting pitchers.

Furman starter Ryan Morse retired the first two batters he faced before walking the next four Blue Hose hitters to force in the game's first run.  In the bottom of the inning PC starter Billy Montroni issued five walks and surrendered a hit and three runs before getting pulled.

PC used two more Morse walks in the third to tie the game at 3-3, scoring Weston Jackson on a double play grounder and Brad Zebedis on a Jacob Midkiff single to center field.

Furman took the lead for good in the fifth, taking advantage of a Blue Hose error to plate a pair of unearned runs on Heath Burton's two-run single to left field.

The Paladins made it 6-3 with another unearned run in the sixth and tacked on three more runs in the seventh on Hunter Burton's sharp single past a drawn-in PC infield that scored Sky Overton and Heath Burton.

Tyler Wood (2-0), who came on in relief of Morse in the fourth, tossed three innings of one-hit, shutout ball to earn the victory, striking out four in the process.

The Paladins finished with seven hits while the Blue Hose managed just four safeties — three singles a ninth inning, pinch-hit triple by Brandon Martin.

Trey Hayes (0-2) was charged with the loss in relief, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.  He struck out four.

Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. game at Samford.