March 13, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman belted three home runs in a four-run eighth inning to overcome a three-run deficit en route to a 6-5 win over Lafayette in baseball action Tuesday night at Furman Stadium.
The win snapped a six-game losing skid for Furman (4-10) in its first ever clash with Lafayette (5-4) on the diamond.
Trailing 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth, the Paladins' Tony Maccani led off the frame with a solo home run to left centerfield off Leopards' reliever Jason Mroytko. With one out, Charlie Bailes reached on a throwing error, and Nicholas Karow followed with a roundtripper over the centerfield fence to tie the game at 5-5. With two outs, Marcus Rose completed the rally and comeback with his first career home run, a solo blast to centerfield.
Nick Hollstegge gave up a leadoff single in the ninth but rallied to retire the next three Lafayette batters to notch his first save of the season and 19th save of his career.
Furman, which entered the contest with only five home runs in its first 13 games, had eight hits in the contest, including the three eighth inning home runs. Karow, Maccani, and Joe Daysh each had two hits apiece for the Paladins.
Furman's comeback made a winner of freshman Marc DeDecker (1-1), who allowed a run on one hit over two innings. J.P Goldsberry made his first career start for the Paladins after sitting out the entire 2006 season following Tommy John surgery his senior year at Tampa Preparatory School. He went three innings and gave up five hits and a pair of runs while striking out three.
Morytko (0-2) took the loss for Lafayette after yielding four runs, including two earned, on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.
The Leopards collected 10 hits, including two each by Jeff Butler, Kevin Leasure, Chris Luick, and Daniel Bierce.
Lafayette took a 1-0 lead in the first on Tom Hayes' solo home run down the left field line.
Furman quickly tied the game on Maccani's two-out single in the bottom of the inning.
The Leopards tallied single runs in the third, fourth, and sixth to stretch their advantage to 4-1 before the Paladins made it 4-2 when Bobby Hubbard drew a two-out, bases loaded walk in the seventh.
Luick led off the Lafayette eighth with a double and came around to score on a DeDecker wild pitch for a 5-2 lead before the Paladins' decisive rally in the bottom of the frame.
Furman returns to action on Thursday when it entertains Yale in a 7:00 p.m. contest.