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Furman Slugs UT-Martin, 11-3

Grant Schuermann
Grant Schuermann

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Grant Schuermann won his third consecutive start and Landon Kay continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-5 and driving home three runs to power Furman to an 11-3 victory over UT-Martin in First Pitch Invittational baseball action Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium.

Furman (7-3) will conclude the weekend with a 3:00 p.m. Sunday contest against Presbyterian at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.

Schuermann (3-0) proved effective in five of his six innings of work, allowing only two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five.  He faced his only trouble in the third, yielding two runs on three hits and a walk before bouncing back to retire 10 of the final 11 Skyhawks he faced — with the only one reaching base on a two-out error in the fifth.

The victory further solidified the sophomore left-hander's return following Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for the 2016 season.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, product got plenty of run support as the Paladins pounded out 13 hits, led by Kay's 3-for-5, three-RBI, two-run performance that featured a two-run triple in the eighth.  Since moving into the starting lineup on Feb. 24, the junior right-fielder from Charlotte, N.C., in six games has swatted .500 (13x26) with eight RBI.

Carter Grote had two hits and scored three runs, and Jake Crawford and Brandon Elmy also collected a pair of base hits for Furman.

Chadwick Word hit the game's only home run — a solo shot to left field to lead off the fifth inning.

The Paladins grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Kay RBI single that plated Grote and wild pitch that allowed Sky Overton to score.

Crawford's RBI single in the second made it 3-0 an inning later.

UT-Martin (5-2) cut it to 3-2 in the third, working Schuerman for a walk and four hits to plate two runs, but that would do it for the Skyhawks, who were limited to only three hits the rest of the way, with two coming in the ninth after Furman had taken an 11-2 lead.

Paladin junior right-hander Nik Verbeke worked a scoreless eighth in his Paladin debut.

Furman registered its early damage against Skyhawks' starting pitcher Dalton Westfall (2-1), who lasted only two innings and was tagged for two runs on five hits.  He walked four.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information