March 25, 2006
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mason Smith, Ryan Hudson and Nick Hollstegge combined to hurl Furman's first shutout since the 2003 season as the Paladins defeated Davidson 6-0 in Southern Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Furman Stadium.
The victory was the second for Furman (13-8, 2-0 SoCon) over Davidson (10-12, 1-4 SoCon) heading into Sunday's 1:00 p.m. series finale and the Paladins' ninth consecutive triumph over SoCon foes dating back to last season.
Smith (2-1) won for the second time in his last three starts after working 5 2/3 innings and surrendering seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Hudson gave up only one hit and a walk while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings of strong relief, and Hollstegge finished off the pitching gem with a scoreless ninth.
Furman's pitching trio combined to scatter nine Davidson hits and strand 13 baserunners. The Wildcats left runners on base in each of the first seven innings and two in the ninth.
Davidson starter Rob Wilson (3-2) absorbed the loss despite pitching effectively for seven innings before tiring and yielding four runs in the eighth.
Furman also had nine hits in the contest, including three by freshman Jay Jackson, who also belted his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning. Tony Maccani added two hits and two RBI, and Will Stembridge had a two-run double to lead the Paladins.
Ronnie Shore and Hugh Eden had three hits apiece to lead Davidson.
Furman touched up Wilson for two runs in the fourth inning. Jackson led off with a single and advanced to third on Joe Daysh's one-out double. Maccani followed with a single to left to score Jackson and Daysh.
The score remained 2-0 until the eighth when Jackson drilled a one-out Wilson offering deep over the left field fence to make it 3-0. Stembridge added a two-run double to left center, and Marcus Rose capped the rally with an RBI single to center that plated Stembridge.