Three-Run Davidson Ninth Clips Furman, 6-4
March 4, 2007
DAVIDSON, N.C.. -- Alden Crissey belted a two-run game winning home run with one out in the ninth inning to lift Davidson to a 6-4 win over Furman in the final game of a three-game Southern Conference series Sunday at Wilson Field.
Trailing 4-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth, Brett Shore led off the inning with a single off Paladin closer Nick Hollstegge. After moving to second on a sacrifice, Shore came around to score the game tying run on a triple to left field by Matt Webb. Crissey followed with his game winning two-run shot down the left field line.
The comeback win was the second straight for Davidson (8-1, 2-1 SoCon). On Saturday, the Wildcats erased a 4-1 lead by Furman (3-6, 1-2 SoCon) en route to an 8-7 victory.
With the game tied 2-2 after five innings, Furman's Paul Ortenzo delivered a two-run home run to left field off Wildcat starting pitcher Mac Read to stake the Paladins to a 4-2 lead.
Davidson answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3 after Shore drew a two-out walk, stole second, and came in to score on a Zach Kayne single, which chased Paladin starting pitcher Mason Smith. Smith, who tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and five walks while striking out three, gave way to Ian Perry, who held the Wildcats hitless over 2 1/3 innings before yielding to Hollstegge to begin the ninth inning.
Bobby DeMuro (1-1) earned the win in relief after working the final 1 1/3 innings for Davidson. Hollstegge (0-1) took the loss for Furman.
Furman claimed an 11-9 advantage in hits, including three by Joey Rodgers. Crissey went 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead Davidson.
Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it entertains Georgia State in a 6:00 p.m. game at Furman Stadium.