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North Carolina A&T Holds Off Furman, 11-10

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Adan Ordonez went 3-for-4 and belted a grand slam in a six-run fourth inning to power North Carolina to an 11-10 victory over Furman in baseball action Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium.

With the win the Aggies (10-7) evened the three-game series with the Paladins (9-8) at a game apiece heading into Sunday' 1:00 p.m. finale.

Furman combined RBI doubles from Landon Kay and Sky Overton with three singles and a North Carolina A&T error in the third inning to take a 5-3 lead.  It didn't last long, however, as the Aggies responded with six runs in the fourth against Paladin starting and losing pitcher Grant Schuermann (3-2), who yielded Ordonez's grand slam to left field and a solo shot by A.J. Hunt, to go up 9-5.

The Aggies made it 11-5 in the sixth when Hunt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and David Smith followed with a sacrifice fly.

An RBI single by Sky Overton, run-scoring double off the bat of Jake Crawford, and RBI ground out by Cameron Whitehead cut the North Carolina A&T's lead to 11-8 in the seventh, and an inning later Carter Grote pulled Furman to a within 11-10 when he deposited an offering from Aggie relief pitcher Michael Johnson over the fence in left field for a two-run shot.

Overton was hit by a pitch in the ninth, reached second on a throwing error, and advanced to third base on a two-out balk call on Noah Dyals.  The Aggie closer recovered, however, by striking out Dylan Love to end the game.

Schuermann, who was coming off his best performance of the season last Saturday against 20th-ranked Ole Miss, endured a rough outing, lasting just four innings and yielding nine runs, seven of which were earned, and 12 hits.

Aggie starting pitcher Josh Bottenfield (3-2) used the big run support from his teammates to survive 6 1/3 innings and collect the win.  He yielded eight runs, only three of which were earned, and walked two.

Dyals got the final five outs for North Carolina A&T to notch the save — his second of the season.

The Aggies out-hit Furman 15-13, getting three-hit performances from Ordonez, Melendez, and Myles Sowell.

Overton paced the Paladins offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Crawford, Grote, and Landon Kay finished with two hits apiece.

The teams combined for seven errors, with North Carolina's three miscues leading to five of Furman's 10 runs.