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Hunter Hurls Furman Past Ohio 8-2

Hunter Hurls Furman Past Ohio 8-2

Feb. 27, 2005

Box Score

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Hunter pitched six innings of one-hit ball in only his second collegiate start to lift Furman past Ohio 8-2 in baseball action Sunday at Furman Stadium.

Hunter (2-0), a freshman righthander from West Chester, Ohio, walked three and struck out nine, en route to his second victory. His only difficulty came in the sixth when, with the Paladins ahead 5-0, he struck out the Bobcats' Matt Stiffler and retired Brian White on a grounder to end the inning with two runners on. Bryant Witt's leadoff single in the third inning was the only hit surrendered by Hunter.

The win allowed Furman (3-4) to avoid the three-game sweep.

Andrew Greene, Tony Maccanni, and Nick Wajda collected two hits each for pace a 10-hit Furman attack. Ohio (2-4), meanwhile, managed only five hits against Paladin pitching.

Furman provided Hunter with all the needed support with a five-run first, taking advantage of five hits, two errors, and pair of wild pitches by Ohio starter Zeke Isaacs, who left only one out into the contest. Run scoring singles by Sam McLain, Joe Daysh, and Wajda highlighted the frame.

Furman made it 6-0 in the sixth after Macanni singled with one out, advanced to third on a single by Wajda, and came home a sacrfice fly by Greene.

Ohio tallied a pair of runs in the eighth off Paladin reliever Butch Pucetas before Cal Hurst came on to quell the rally by striking out pinch-hitter Jared Willis and retiring White on a fly to center.

The Paladins tacked on two runs in the the bottom of the inning on Matthew Betsill's leadoff home run to right and an RBI single to center by Greene.

Furman's next game is Wednesday, March 2 at Charleston Southern begining at 2:30 p.m.