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Maccani 10th Inning Home Run Lifts Furman Past Charlotte, 4-3

Feb. 21, 2007

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Tony Maccani belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Furman a 4-3 win over Charlotte in baseball action Wednesday at Furman Stadium.

After Joe Daysh led off the Furman 10th with a sharp single to right field, Maccani, a senior All-Southern Conference catcher from Cincinnati, Ohio, drilled a one strike offering from 49ers reliever Kyle Pfirrman over the left center field fence to give Furman (1-3) its first win of the 2007 season and first win over Charlotte (5-2) in Greenville since 1988.

Maccani's game winning blast allowed Furman to overcome an error in the top half of the 10th that gave Charlotte a 3-2 lead. With one out and the score tied 2-2, Paladin relief pitcher Matt Klinker's pickoff throw to second base sailed into center field, and the 49ers' Cory Lane raced around to score the go-ahead run.

Charlotte extended the contest to extra innings with strong ninth inning defense. With the game tied 2-2 with two outs and Furman's Will Stembridge at second, Paladins' designated hitter Charlie Bailes stroked a single to left field, where 49ers left fielder O'Brien Taylor gloved the ball and threw a strike to catcher Kris Rochelle to retire the sliding Stembridge to send the game into extra frames.

Klinker (1-1), who came on in the sixth in relief of starting pitcher Jay Jackson with runners on first and second and no outs, worked out the jam by striking out Chris Taylor and retiring Aaron Bray and Alex Burt on a groundout to keep the game knottted at 2-2. The senior righthander surrendered only two hits and an unearned run while striking out three over five innings of work to earn the victory.

Charlotte starting pitcher Spencer Steedley tossed six innings, allowing four hits, two runs, and two walks while striking out one. Pfirrman (1-1) took the loss in relief, yielding three hits and two run in one inning of work.

Led by Maccani and Stembridge with two hits each, Furman out-hit Charlotte 10-5. In addition to Maccani's game winning home run, the Paladins got a roundtripper from Paul Ortenzo in the fourth inning that tied the game at 2-2. Charlotte's Kris Rochelle delivered a solo home run to lead off the third inning, giving the 49ers an early 1-0 lead.

Furman stranded 10 runners on base while the 49ers left six men on.

Charlotte, which entered the contest riding a string of three straight shutouts and 32 consecutive shutout innings, extended its run to 34 2/3 innings before Furman tallied a run with two outs in the bottom of the third inning.

Furman returns to action next Tuesday when it travels to Charleston Southern for a 2:00 p.m. game. Charlotte will entertain Campbell this Friday at 2:00 p.m.