Wood, Abrams Lead Furman To 6-4 Win At UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Tyler Wood provided strong starting pitching and Alex Abrams delivered a pair of hits and quality relief work to lead Furman to its fifth straight victory, a 6-4 win at UNC Asheville, in Tuesday baseball action at Greenwood Field.
Wood (4-1), who won his last start, a 6-1 victory at Western Carolina on Apr. 13, before missing his scheduled weekend start after Furman's Saturday SoCon series finale against Wofford was rained out, earned his second straight win by dominating UNC Asheville, tossing 5 2/3 innings of three-hit, shuout ball before departing with a 1-0 lead in the sixth.
Furman (16-23) scored four runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth to build a 6-0 advantage before UNC Asheville (12-29) touched up Paladin reliever Elliott Warford for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 6-4 game.
Alex Abrams doused the Bulldogs' rally by getting the final two outs in the eighth and worked a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down the victory tor the Paladins and notch his second save on the season.
The Paladins gave Wood a run to work with in the second after Jake Jones drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a Hunter Burton sacrifice fly.
Wood, who retired 11 straight Bulldogs in one stretch, gave up a leadoff single in the fifth but used a double play to get out of inning. He retired the first two Bulldogs he faced in the sixth before Robert McIntosh doubled with two outs. Wood's replacement, Billy Greenfield, kept the lead intact, however, by striking out Tommy Houmard to strand McIntosh at third.
Furman took command with a four-run seventh, scoring three of the four runs with two outs. Carter Grote's sacrifice fly plated Abrams, and Jones followed with a two-run single up the middle, which scored Chris Ohmstede and Greg Harrison. Jordan Simpson capped the rally with a single that drove home Jones for a 5-0 lead.
An Abrams sacrifice fly in the eighth, Furman's third of the game, made it 6-0.
UNCA roughed up Warford for four runs on three hits and error in the bottom of the inning before Abrams took over with one out and a runner a second. He proceeded to get Hunter Bryant and Eli Miller on infield pop ups to keep it a two-run game.
Abrams went 2-for-4 at the plate, drove in one run, and scored once for the Paladins, who managed eight hits. Harrison also had two hits and a run, and Jones collected two RBI and scored twice.
Tanner Bush had two of UNCA's six hits.
The Bulldogs received solid starting pitching from Ethan Steible (0-5), who allowed one run on four hits over six innings. He walked two and fanned three.
Furman opens a three-game SoCon series this weekend in Charleston against The Citadel, beginning with a Friday, 6:00 p.m. game at Joseph P. Riley Park.