ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Furman University picked up a midweek non-conference victory over the UNC Asheville baseball team at Greenwood Field on Tuesday afternoon, winning by the final of 6-1, as the Bulldogs could not slow the hot-hitting Paladins on the day.
Furman collected 12 hits in the game with designated hitter Paul Nitto going 3-for-4 at the plate and two runs batted in. Fellow Paladin Will Muzika was 1-for-2 on the day, but posted a game-high three RBI with a triple in the fifth.
Furman improves to 8-5 on the year while the Blue & White drop to 7-6, with a 3-2 record at home. Tyler Wood picked up the win for the Paladins, improving to 2-1 on the year. Wood pitched seven complete innings and struck out five Bulldogs, allowing only one run and two hits.
Brian Connolly was credited with the loss for Asheville, allowing four runs on eight hits in four and a third innings.
Senior second baseman Jordan Lurie paced the Bulldogs at the plate once again, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Billy Creighton was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Aaron Wright picked up another hit on the season as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Asheville had only four hits on the day.
The Paladins took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, breaking the scoreless tie on a Zack Greenwell infield single that drove in a run from third. Muzika then drove in Greenwell on a sacrifice fly followed by a Nitto single up the middle that drove in another run.
Muzika drove in another run in the fifth to rightfield, extending Furman’s lead to four runs.
Asheville got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, when Creighton singled up the middle to drive home Lurie from second base to cut the Paladins’ lead to three runs. However, Furman would add insurance runs in the eighth and ninth innings to earn the 6-1 victory.
The Bulldogs will be back in action tomorrow evening as the Blue & White will head to Columbia, S.C., to take on defending national champion South Carolina at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.