April 3, 2005
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jay Maule belted a three-run home run and drove in five runs to pace UNC Greensboro to an 11-2 victory and series win over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Furman Stadium.
With the UNCG leading 7-1 in the fourth inning, Maule, a senior outfielder, took a one-out pitch from Paladin reliever Matt Klinker over the left field fence to stretch the Spartans' lead to 10-1. The Southington, Conn., product went 2-for-3 in the contest, including an RBI single in the first inning and sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Adam Krieger (1-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings to earn the victory, yielding six hits, two runs, and two walks while striking out four.
Furman starter Ryan Hodinka (3-3) took the loss after leaving the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the second inning. He gave up five hits, five earned runs, and two walks and did not record a strikeout.
UNC Greensboro improves to 17-9 with the victory and 8-4 in SoCon play while Furman falls to 10-16 overall and 4-7 in conference action.
The Spartans collected 11 hits in the contest, including two each by Maule, Jeremy Roulin, and Jake Linney. Furman managed only seven hits, including two by Joey Rogers, and a solo home run by A.J. Davidiuk, his second of the season.
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first after Chris Mason was hit by a pitch with two outs, advanced to second on a walk to Justin Crist, and came home on Maule's single to left field.
Furman knotted the game in the bottom of the frame after Andrew Greene singled with one out and later scored on a balk by Krieger.
UNCG took control in the second, combining four hits, a walk, and a Furman error to score five runs to take a 6-1 lead.
The Spartans tacked on four more in the fourth, highlighted by Maule's three-run blast, to increase their lead to 10-1, and finished off the contest with a Crist solo home run in the sixth to center field off Paladin reliever Patrick Arnett.
Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it entertains Charleston Southern in a 7:00 p.m. game. UNCG also plays on Wednesday, traveling to High Point for a 3:00 p.m. contest.