BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Jacob Banks overcame a shaky start to toss 6 2/3 innings of effective ball to lift Miami of Ohio past Furman, 4-3, in Campbell Classic Saturday afternoon baseball action at Jim Perry Stadium.
The win improved Miami of Ohio to 2-5 on the season while Furman fell to 4-5. The Paladins play host Campbell on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Furman jumped on Banks and the RedHawks in the first inning, plating three runs on a Chris Ohmstede RBI single and a two-run Jordan Simpson home run -- his third clout of the season. That would do it for the Paladins, however, as Banks and a pair of relievers combined to toss shut out ball over the final eight frames, yielding only two hits.
Furman three-run first supported Paladin starter Ryan Morse, who yielded a run in the bottom of the frame when the RedHawks' Steve Sada scored from third on a double steal.
It remained 3-1 until the fourth when the RedHawks used an RBI double by Ryan Elbe and Sada two-out, two-run single to take a 4-3 lead.
The advantage held behind Banks, who checked the Paladins on just two hits -- singles by Jake Jones in the second and Griffin Davis in the sixth. In the seventh Banks hit Ohmstede and Simpson and was replaced by Brian Thene, who retired Blake Chisolm on a grounder to get out of the inning.
The Paladins got a leadoff single by Brian Elmy in the eighth but could not score. In the ninth Ohmstede stroked a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch but was stranded after Will Schierholz struck out Simpson to end the game and notch the save.
Banks (1-2) earned the win after yielding three runs on five hits and three walks. He fanned three.
Morse (0-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over four innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Sada and Matt Honchel had three hits apiece for Miami of Ohio, which finished with nine hits.
Ohmstede and Davis had two hits each to lead the Paladins' seven-hit attack.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information