May 8, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Bobby Hubbard went 2-for-5 and drove in five runs to power Furman past Charleston Southern, 9-7, in non-conference baseball action Tuesday evening at Furman Stadium.
Hubbard, a junior third baseman from Fletcher, N.C., belted a three-run home run in the first inning and later added a two-run double in the fourth to help Furman (15-34) build a 9-2 lead en route to the victory.
Charleston Southern (17-31) scored five runs in the eighth inning and had the tying run on second base with one out, but the Buccaneers couldn't take advantage and gain the two-game season series split with Furman, which claimed a 6-4 win in North Charleston on Feb. 27.
Connor Lind went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs for Furman, as did Marcus Rose, who also had two hits and two RBI. Paul Ortenzo joined Hubbard in the long ball column with a solo home run in a five-run Paladin fourth inning. The Paladins banged out 12 hits in the contest but were held hitless over the final four frames.
Charleston Southern's Chris Krogmeier, Justin Fyle, Anthony Hayes, Stephen Herzog, and Keith Stewart collected two hits each for the Buccaneers, who finished with 13 base knocks in the game. Fyle and Herzog both went deep in CSU's five-run eighth.
Furman's early run support made a winner of J.P. Goldsberry (2-1), who tossed four innings and allowed seven hits, a pair of unearned runs, and a walk while striking out two.
Joey Timmerman (1-2) took the loss for Charleston Southern after yielding four runs, all earned, on six hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings. He recorded two strikeouts.
Nicholas Karow struck out two batters and retired the Buccaneers in order in the ninth inning to earn his first collegiate save.
Furman jumped on top in the first inning when Lind and Rose led off with singles and Hubbard cracked a three-run home run to right center field, giving the Paladins a 3-0 lead.
Charleston Southern took advantage of a pair of Furman errors, a walk, and two hits in the second to narrow the lead to 3-2, but the Paladins came back with a run in the bottom of the inning on Rose's sacrifice fly.
It remained 4-2 until the Furman fourth, when Ortenzo opened the frame with a solo home run to left field off Buccaneer reliever T.J. Green. Joey Rodgers and Lind then delivered singles before Rose doubled to center field, scoring Rodgers. With two on, Hubbard stroked a two-run double down the right field line to giving the Paladins an 8-2 lead, and Will Stembridge closed the five-run rally with an RBI single to right field that plated Hubbard.
Furman's Ian Parry replaced Goldsberry in the fifth and hurled three innings of no-hit ball before tiring in the eighth when CSU strung together six consecutive hits, highlighted by a solo home run by Fyle, two-run shot by Hayes, and two-run double by Stewart, to narrow the Paladin advantage to 9-7. Later, after a Ryan Smart sacrifice bunt moved a pair of runners into scoring position with one out, Paladin reliever Spencer Hale struck out Krogmeier swinging and retired Fyle, the Buccaneers' leading hitter on a short fly to center field.