Furman Drops Saturday Twinbill, Series To Wofford: 13-5, 5-2

Ben Anderson
Ben Anderson

Game 1 | Wofford 13, Furman 5
Game 2 | Wofford 5, Furman 2

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mack Nathanson homered in both games of a doubleheader to propel Wofford to a twinbill sweep of Furman, 13-5 and 5-2, in Southern Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium.

The sweep earned Wofford (25-12, 6-3 SoCon) its first series win over Furman (17-19, 3-6 SoCon) in Greenville since 2004  after the Paladins won Friday's opener, 4-3.

Nathanson gave the Terriers a 2-0 first inning lead in Saturday's opener with a two-run home run to left field off Paladin starting pitcher Grant Schuermann,  Two batters later Brett Rodriguez left the ballpark with a solo shot to make it 3-0.

Wofford tallied two more in the second to go up 5-0 before Furman cut it to 5-3 on a bases clearing double by freshman center fielder Ben Anderson.

The two teams traded two runs over the next five innings before the Terriers, leading 7-5, took control in the eighth on a Colin Davis three-run home run.  Wofford then put the game on ice in the ninth, scoring three more, capped by a Davis two-run double.

Schuermann (2-6), who took the loss, yielded a leadoff single in the third before being lifted.  He was charged with six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits.  Jordan Beatson, his replacement, pitched effectively, surrendering only a run in five-plus innings before allowing a single and hit batsman in the eighth, setting the table for Davis' three-run home run to center field.

Five Terriers registered two-hit performances in the win, including Davis, who drove in five runs.  The ample support helped make a winner of Austin Higginbotham (4-2), who worked six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out six.  He walked three.

Matt Ellmyer earned the save after pitching the final three innings, surrendering one hit and a run.

Anderson's 4-for-5, three-RBI performance highlighted Furman's 10-hit attack.

In the series deciding second game, Wofford overcame a 2-0 first inning deficit to complete the sweep with a 5-2 victory.

A leadoff triple by Anderson and RBI grounder off the bat of Jason Costa plated Furman's first run, and Brandon Elmy followed with a solo home run to left field to stake the Paladins to a 2-0 first inning lead.

The Paladins used a walk and a single in the third to put runners on the corners with no outs but failed to score following an infield pop and double play.

Furman did next to nothing offensively the rest of they way, managing just three hits in its final six turns at the plate.

Wofford tied it at 2-2 in the fourth on a Nathanson leadoff home run and a Lawson Hill RBI single that plated an unearned run.

Cody Miller's leadoff home run in the sixth put Wofford up, 3-2, and the Terriers tacked on two more runs in the eighth, going up 5-2 on the Paladins' second error of the game.

Jake Hershman (2-3) was credited with the victory after coming on the fifth.  He worked the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit and walk while striking out six.

The loss went to Heath Hawkins (0-2), who took over for Paladin starter Matt Lazzaro to start the fifth.  He surrendered three runs, two earned, over three innings.

Davis, Nathanson, and Miller had two hits apiece for Wofford, which produced eight in the contest.  Furman had six hits, led by Anderson, who 2-for-3 in the game to finish 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.

Furman plays at Gardner-Webb on Wednesday in a 6:00 p.m. game.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information