April 12, 2006
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Joe Daysh's two-run eighth inning single broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Furman to a 4-2 win over Charleston Southern in baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Furman Field.
Daysh's decisive hit off Buccaneer reliever Joey Timmerman came with one out and scored Robby Bowers and A.J. Davidiuk. Nick Hollstegge pitched a perfect ninth to record his sixth save and make a winner of David Mitchell (1-0).
The victory was the 10th straight home triumph for Furman (21-10), which banged out 12 hits in the contest, including three by Ben Terry and two each by Davidiuk and Jay Jackson. Paladin senior centerfielder Andrew Greene, however, had his 24-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 in the contest.
Charleston Southern (13-26) was paced at the plate by Ryan Smart, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
The Buccaneers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Lionel Green reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on an error, and came home on Smart's double down the left field line.
Furman tied the game in the fourth after Jackson singled with one out and scored on Davidiuk's double down the right field line.
Furman starting pitcher Jay Jackson struck out seven and allowed only five hits and an unearned run in seven strong innings of work before being lifted for Patrick Arnett. In the eighth, Arnett recorded the first out in the frame before yielding a single to Justin Fyle and a double to David Perkins. Kyle Hayes followed with an RBI grounder off Paladin reliever David Mitchell that tied the game, but Mitchell kept it a 2-2 contest by striking out Chris Krogmeier looking to end the inning.
In the Furman eighth leadoff hitter Case Cassedy was hit by Buccaneer reliever Peyton Tweddale. Pinch running for Cassedy, Robby Bowers advanced to second on a balk and to third on Davidiuk's infield single and errant throw to first by Buccaneer shortstop Adam Brown, which also allowed Davidiuk to take second. Daysh then drilled a line drive single to center off Timmerman to give Furman the 4-2 lead.
Furman returns to action Thursday when it entertains Georgia Southern in the first game of a three-game Southern Conference series at Furman Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.