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Furman Falls To Illinois, 14-5

Brandon Elmy homered twice in Saturday's 13-7 loss at VMI.
Brandon Elmy

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Troike homered, tripled, and drove in three runs and Andy Fisher hurled 5 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball to propel Illinois to a 14-5 victory over Furman in First Pitch Invitational baseball action Saturday afternoon at Fluor Field.

The win improved Illinois to 8-3 on the year while the loss halted a four-game winning streak by Furman, which fell to 9-6 on the campaign.

With Illinois leading 1-0, Troike led off the third inning by sending a Grant Schuermann offering over the left center field wall.  He later added a two-run triple in the eighth to highlight a four-run frame that gave the Illini a 10-4 lead.

Illinois, which banged out 15 hits, left the yard three times, with Bren Spillane and Doran Turchin joining Troike with clouts. Turchin matched Troike with three hits in a 3-for-3 performance while scoring three runs.  The top four players in the Illini lineup combined for nine hits and nine RBI.

Fisher (1-0) handcuffed Furman's bats, allowing just two hits before departing with two outs in the sixth with a 5-1 lead.  He walked three three, struck out five, and escaped a bases loaded no-out jam in the third by striking out Logan Taplett, retiring Jabari Richards on a pop fly, and getting Bret Huebner on a comebacker.

The Paladins sliced a 6-1 Illinois lead to 6-4 with three runs in the seventh, getting an RBI double off the bat of Sims Griffith, a groundout by Jake Crawford, and Jason Cost single that drove home Griffith.

Furman's comeback stalled, however, as the Illini posted back-to-back four-run frames in the eighth and ninth against a trio of Paladin relievers.

Costa had two of Furman's eight hits, and Ben Anderson extended his hitting streak to eight games when he singled and scored in the seventh.

Paladin starting pitcher Grant Schuermann (2-2) was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings.

The Paladins play at Winthrop on Tuesday in a 6:00 p.m. game.