Furman Drops Series Finale To PC, 6-2
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Presbyterian's Bud Jeter got early run support and backed it up with a complete game pitching performance to beat Furman, 6-2, in Saturday's three-game series finale at Latham Stadium.
The victory gave PC (18-11) the series win over Furman (16-11) two games to one, with the visiting team winning all three contests.
Jeter (4-1), a junior right-hander, checked Furman's bats for a much of the game, surrendering eight hits and throwing shutout ball through eight frames before allowing a pair of runs in the ninth. The Columbia, S.C., product threw 116 pitches, walked two, and struck out five in earning the victory. He was aided by his defense, which turned a pair of double plays and registered an outfield assist.
Jeter got all the run support he would need in the first inning on a Cam McRae three-run home run to left field off Paladin starting and losing pitcher Tyler Wood (2-1). McRae's clout followed one-out singles by Aaron Preston and Brad Zebedis.
Furman's bid to answer in its first at bat was throttled by Blue Hose center fielder Aaron Preston, who fielded a Paul Nitto single and threw a strike to home plate to nail Furman's Hunter Burton by two steps for the third out.
The Blue Hose added two more runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Jay Lizanich and Billy Montroni RBI squeeze by Billy Montroni.
PC stretched its advantage to 6-0 with a run in the eighth after McRae walked with one out, advanced to third on a double by Brandon Paul, and scored on a Robby Swab single.
Jeter's bid for a shutout faltered in the ninth when Nitto and Abrams delivered back-to-back singles and moved up on an infield error. Nitto came home on a fielder's choice, as did Abrams, but that would do it for the Paladins as Jeter rallied to strike out Jordan Simpson to end the game.
Both teams registered eight hits. For Furman, Nitto and Hunter Burton combined for three hits apiece, with Burton's eighth-inning double representing the only extra base hit for the Paladins.
Paul and Lizanich had two hits apiece for PC, but McRae's three-run home run proved to be the game's big blow for the Blue Hose.
Furman's bullpen, which featured the work of four pitchers, performed well, allowing a run on just two hits over the final five innings.
The Paladins will play host to South Carolina on Wednesday at Fluor Field, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.