Solter, MacLatchie Power Furman Past Wofford, 6-5
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Andrew MacLatchie homered and drove in four runs and Matt Solter pitched seven solid innings to power Furman past Wofford, 6-5, in the opening game of a three-game Southern Conference baseball series Friday evening at Latham Stadium.
MacLatchie, a sophomore catcher from Charlotte, N.C., belted a two-run home run -- his third of the season -- in the fifth inning to give Furman (14-23, 5-8 SoCon) a 2-1 lead, and stroked a two-run double in a four-run sixth inning to help the Paladins build a 6-1 lead.
Wofford cut it to 6-5 with a pair of eighth inning home runs by Seth Neely and James Plaisted, but Furman's Alex Abrams got the final out of the eighth and pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth to secure the win and his first save of the season.
Solter (1-4) was credited with the win, recording a career high nine strikeouts over seven innings. He surrendered two runs on six hits and walked one.
Solter yielded three straight singles to start the second inning but esaped major damage with a force play at third, a fly ball out, and failed double steal attempt that saw Wofford's Josh Hyman thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
The final two outs in the second inning started a string of 13 consecutive outs for Solter, who struck out eight in the stretch, including the side in the fifth.
Trailing 1-0, the Paladins got to Wofford starter Luke Leftwich (3-4) in the fifth. With one out, Jake Jones singled to right field and later trotted home after MacLatchie scorched a Leftwich offering over the fence in deep left center field to give Furman a 2-1 lead.
An inning later Chris Ohmstede's single started a four-run rally that featured an RBI double to center field by Carter Grote, run-scoring single by Jordan Simpson, and MacLatchie's two-run double down the left field line that plated Jones and Simpson for a 6-1 lead.
Furman recorded an 11-8 adanvtage in hits. MacLatchie led the attack with a 2-for-3, four-RBI performance. Simpson also had two hits, as did Grote and Jones, who recorded two of Furman's four stolen bases in the contest.
Plaisted led Wofford at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Neely and Hyman also had two hits for the Terriers.
Lefftwich was tagged for six runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
The Paladins and Terriers are scheduled to play Friday at 6:00 p.m.