March 8, 2006
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Kyle Pfirrman tossed five innings of effective ball in his first collegiate start and Charlotte claimed its eighth straight win with a 7-2 victory over Furman in baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Furman Stadium.
Pfirrman (1-0), a freshman lefthander from Hamilton, Ohio, surrendered only three hits and one earned run while striking out four en route to recording his first collegiate victory. Charlotte's B.J. Hagen, Matt Landphair and Erik Walker combined for four innings of shutout relief to preserve the win.
Aaron Bray went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored to headline a 13-hit attack for Charlotte. Cory Lane, Mike Ambrose, Adam Floyd and Chris Lane also collected two hits each for the 49ers, who improve to 12-2 on the season.
Patrick Arnett (1-2) took the loss for Furman after giving up six runs, including five earned, on six hits in three innings of work. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Paladins, who fall to 6-5 on the campaign.
Charlotte wasted little time in taking the early lead as Cory Lane led off the contest with a single and came around to score on Bray's double down the left field line. Bray, who advanced to third on a fly out, came home on a ground out off the bat of Chris Taylor to make it 2-0.
Furman answered with a run in the bottom of the first on Spence Gibbs' one-out solo home run to left.
The 49ers added to their advantage in the second inning, combing three hits and a Furman error for four runs and a 6-1 lead. Ambrose's two-run double down the left field line highlighted the frame.
Tony Maccani's sacrifice fly RBI in the fifth inning made it 6-2, but the 49ers came back with Chris Taylor's run-scoring single in the seventh to regain the five-run lead.
Joe Daysh had three of Furman's seven hits, including a double.
Furman returns to action on Saturday when it entertains Coppin State in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.