GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jacques de Gruy tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball and Furman claimed its fourth straight victory with a 5-1 win over Wofford in Southern Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Latham Stadium.
Furman (15-23, 6-8 SoCon), which won Thursday's series opener, 6-5, will go for the series sweep in Saturday's finale, now scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
de Gruy (2-3), a senior from Dallas, Texas, recorded the longest outing of his career in beating Wofford (20-19, 3-11 SoCon) and earning the victory. He scattered seven hits and notched five strikeouts against three walks while throwing 104 pitches. The Paladin right-hander allowed baserunners in all but one inning but pitched out of trouble each time, getting help from two of three double plays turned by Furman in the contest.
He surrendered a pair of one out singles in the seventh but recovered to strike out Wofford's Demetrius Jennings looking for the second out before getting lifted for Elliott Warford, who then retired Eric Brenk on a grounder end the inning with a 4-0 lead.
Furman added a run in the seventh and led 5-0 after eight innings before Wofford broke up the shutout bid with Jennings' two-out, RBI single off Warford in the ninth.
The Paladins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first after Hunter Burton drew a leadoff walk, swiped his nation leading 29th base, and came around to score on Alex Abrams' bounding single through the right side.
It remained 1-0 until the fourth when the Paladins combined four consecutive hits, including a Jake Jones RBI double, with a pair of Wofford errors to score two runs for a 3-0 lead.
Furman made it 4-0 in the sixth when Jordan Simpson raced home on a Heath Burton sacrifice fly.
The Paladins stretched the advantage to 5-0 in the seventh on a Simpson single, which drove home Carter Grote, who had earlier doubled.
Led by Abrams' 3-for-4 performance at the plate, Furman banged out 11 hits, including two each by Grote, Simpson, and Cameron Whitehead. Grote's two hits made him 9-for-16 (.563) over the last four games — all starts.
Matt Ramsay went 3-for-3 to pace Wofford, which finished with 10 hits.
Terrier starter Jesse Morris (6-5) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and fanned four.
Warford earned his first save of the season — and ninth of his career — by working the final 2 1/3 innings.