April 7, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman split a Saturday Southern Conference baseball doubleheader with UNC Greensboro, winning game one, 7-3, before falling in the second game, 9-4.
Furman's victory in the opener marked the 330th career triumph for Paladin head coach Ron Smith, making him the all-time winningest coach in school baseball history. Now in his 14th season at the helm of the Paladin program, Smith surpasses his former collegiate coach Tom Wall, who recorded 329 wins in 22 seasons (1970-71, `74-93).
The doubleheader split gave UNC-Greensboro (17-15, 5-4 SoCon) the series two games to one and snapped a seven game losing streak for Furman (9-22, 5-7 SoCon).
Bobby Hubbard went 4-for-4 and scored a pair of runs to pace Furman to the win in game one. Connor Lind and Joey Rodgers added two hits each for the Paladins, who totaled 12 hits in the contest -- the team's highest total in the last 10 games. Furman's seven runs, meanwhile, marked the most since registering a 9-3 win over Georgia Southern on March 24.
Adam DeLeo paced UNCG at the plate in game one, going 3-for-4.
Ricky Orton's RBI single off Paladin starter Jay Jackson in the second inning gave UNCG a 1-0 lead.
Furman answered with three runs in the third against UNCG starter and losing pitcher Matt Gibbs (3-2), highlighted by an RBI double by Lind and two-run single by Tony Maccani.
After the Spartans made it 3-2 with a run in the fourth, Furman scored twice in its half of the frame on a wild pitch that plated Marcus Rose and an RBI single by Hubbard that drove home Rodgers, making it 5-2.
UNCG scored a run in the fifth to cut that advantage to 5-3 before Ian Parry (3-1) came on in relief of Jackson and struck out Greg Feltes with a runner at third to end the inning.
Parry limited the Spartans to just three hits and struck out two over the final 4 1/3 innings to earn the victory.
In game two UNCG struck for four runs on five hits in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run triple by Greg Feltes, to take command of the contest.
The Spartans tacked on a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings off Paladin starting and losing pitcher Mason Smith (1-5). Smith, who exited his start a week ago against Appalachian State after getting hit on the left wrist while attempting to complete a double play at first base, yielded eight runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.
The Spartans led 8-4 after five innings and cruised to the win behind solid relief pitching by Nick Starnes (2-2), who tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball to collect the victory
Adam DeLeo's solo home run in the ninth inning accounted for UNCG's final run of the game.
Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it entertains East Tennessee State at Furman Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. game.