BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Matthew Quarles pitched five innings of shutout ball and Furman pounded out 15 hits to blank Gardner-Webb, 9-0, in Wednesday baseball action at John Henry Moss Stadium.
The shutout was the first by Furman (18-25) since blanking Elon, 2-0, on May 18, 2011, and marked the seventh win in the last nine games for the Paladins, who return home to open a three-game Southern Conference series against Georgia Southern beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Quarles (2-2), a freshman right-hander from Greenwood, S.C., allowed a pair of singles in both the first and second innings but settled down to retire the final 11 batters he faced before giving way to the Paladin bullpen to start the sixth. The win was the first for Quarles since Mar. 4 when he tossed six innings of shutout ball in an eventual 13-1 triumph over USC Upstate at Fluor Field.
Paladin relievers Ryan Morse, Jake Wolff, and Anthony Buonopane combined to keep Gardner-Webb (19-24) scoreless over the final four innings, allowing one hit while notching seven strikeouts.
Furman's excellent pitching was supported by solid work at the plate as six players registered two-hit performances.
Griffin Davis (2-for-3) drove in a pair of runs and Jake Jones (2-for-4) scored twice to lead the way. Greg Harrison (2-for-3), Chris Ohmstede (2-for-3), Jordan Simpson (2-for-4), and Jake Kinsley (2-for-5), making his first start in over two years, contributed to the Paladins' attack, as did Alex Abrams, who drove in three runs on a two-run single and sacrifice fly.
Quarles and Furman would get all the runs they would need in the third when the Paladins scored four times against Bulldogs' starter Jeremy Walker (3-1).
Walks by Davis and Hunter Burton and a Kinsley single loaded the bases for Jones, whose base hit through the right side scored Davis to give Furman a 1-0 lead. A Harrison sacrifice fly made it 2-0, and an Ohmstede double drove home Burton for a 3-0 advantage. Abrams closed out the frame with a sacrifice fly that plated Ohmstede.
Furman led 5-0 after six innings before tacking on four more in the seventh on a pair of two-run singles by Davis and Abrams.
Gardner-Webb managed just five hits, including just one over the final seven innings.