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Furman To Battle Winthrop Tuesday

Tyler Kimbrell
Tyler Kimbrell

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's baseball team will play five games this week beginning with a Tuesday road contest at Winthrop.  First pitch at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C., is set for 6:00 p.m.

The Winthrop clash will be audio streamed via Stretch Audio, with "The Voice of the Paladins" Dan Scott on the call.  Links to the audio stream and StatBroadcast live stats are all available thru  Fans can also follow the action via twitter @FurmanBaseball.

Following the Winthrop game Furman returns home to Latham Stadium to play a rare four-game series against Harvard, beginning with Thursday's 6:00 p.m. opener.  The Paladins and Crimson will also play a 6:00 p.m. Friday contest and Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Furman (9-6) split a pair of games at the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field over the weekend, downing Michigan State, 3-2, on Friday before falling to Illinois, 14-5, on Saturday.

The Paladins are expected to start freshman left-hander John Michael Bertrand (1-0, 4.91 ERA) against Winthrop.  It will mark the collegiate starting debut for Bertrand following seven relief appearances.  In his last outing last Tuesday, the Alpharetta, Ga., product delivered 4 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run relief (1 BB, 5 K) to earn the victory in a 12-4 triumph over Penn.

Hitting .272 as a team, Furman is paced by junior third baseman Jake Crawford (.400, 1 HR, 8 RBI), freshman center fielder Ben Anderson (.367, 0 HR, 9 RBI), and senior designated hitter Jason Costa (.350, 3 HR, 12 RBI).    Anderson currently boasts an eight-game hitting streak.

Winthrop (5-11) was swept in a three-game series at East Tennessee State over the weekend.  The Eagles beat The Citadel, 8-1, last Tuesday in Rock Hill.

Furman and Winthrop last squared off in 2015 in Rock Hill in a game the Paladins won, 12-0.

Furman's rotation for the Havard series will consist of sophomore right-hander Trent Alley (1-0, 3.14 ERA) on Thursday, senior right-hander Nik Verbeke (3-1, 4.41 ERA) on Friday, and a pair of left-handers, redshirt junior Grant Schuermann (2-2, 3.81 ERA) and freshman Matt Lazzaro (1-2, 5.48 ERA), respectively, in Saturday's twinbill.  Lazzaro earned his first collegiate victory with a brilliant performance in the 3-2 win over Michigan State, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings.  He did not walk a batter and struck out a season high eight Spartans.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information