Spartanburg, S.C. – The Furman Paladins took advantage of three USC Upstate errors by scoring four unearned runs in a 7-4 win over the Spartans in a non-conference game at Harley Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Furman improves to 6-2 while Upstate drops to 3-5.
- Top 2nd – Brandon Elmy reached on a leadoff walk followed by an error and fielder's choice that gave the Paladins runners at first and second without an out. Jabari Richards hit a three-run home run to give Furman a 3-0 lead. Carter Grote hit a triple with two outs and scored on a Landon Kay single.
- Bottom 2nd – J.J. Shimko led off with a double and scored on a Brendan Brundage double.
- Bottom 4th – Shimko reached on a one-out walk, stole second and scored on a Russell Schwertfeger single.
- Bottom 5th – Bourke led off the inning with a single followed by a Devon Ortiz base hit. Bourke and Ortiz moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt before Charlie Carpenter brought Bourke home with a single. The Spartans would leave the bases loaded after a strikeout and fly out ended the inning.
- Top 6th – Jason Costa opened the inning with a single followed by a walk. Chadwick Word singled to right field and advanced to third thanks to an error as two runs scored. Word would score on a groundout for the final run of the inning.
- Bottom 8th – Schwertfeger reached on a Furman error and advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on a Bourke base hit.
- Bourke went 4-for-4 with four singles, a run scored and an RBI.
- Shimko and Brundage each had two hits.
- Kay and Word led Furman with two hits each.
- Heath Hawkins (1-0) picked up the win after allowing an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.
- Jake Crawford, who started the game at third base, recorded his second save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth.
- Will Wheeler (0-1) took the loss as he allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with a walk in 2.0 innings.
- Upstate left 13 runners on base and had the bases loaded in the fifth and ninth innings.
- Upstate will hit the road for the first time in 2017 on Wednesday, traveling to Charleston Southern for a 6 p.m. contest.