GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's baseball team is set to face UNCG in its final regular season series of the 2018 campaign beginning with a Thursday 6:00 p.m. contest at Latham Stadium.
The Paladins (24-26. 9-12 SoCon) and Spartans (37-13, 18-3 SoCon) are also slated to play Friday at 6:00 before wrapping up the series with a 1:00 p.m. Saturday clash that will preceded by Furman Senior Day recognition ceremonies.
UNCG, which wrapped up the 2018 Southern Conference regular season championship with a 14-3 win over The Citadel last Sunday in Charleston, will carry the No. 1 seed into Southern Conference Tournament play, which gets underway next Tuesday at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville. Furman is currently seventh in the SoCon standings, a game behind both ETSU and Mercer, who are currently tied for sixth in the league standings with 10-11 records. The Paladins hold tiebreakers against both the Bucs and Bears by virtue of regular season series wins over the two foes.
The Paladins, who had Tuesday's game against Gardner-Webb canceled due to rain, are coming off a road series win over East Tennessee State over the weekend. After falling 15-2 on Friday Furman posted a 6-5 win on Saturday and 9-4 verdict on Sunday.
Furman's series rotation will consist of redshirt junior right-hander Nik Verbeke (5-4, 4.45 ERA), senior left-hander Grant Schuermann (4-7, 4.96 ERA), and redshirt freshman John Michael Bertrand (5-3, 4.88 ERA). Schuermann and Bertrand both registered quality outings against ETSU, with Schuermann finishing off a complete game performance in Saturday's triumph and Bertrand working six strong innings in Sunday's series clinching victory.
Furman is paced at the plate by freshman outfielder Ben Anderson (.376, 3 HR, 39 RBI), who leads the Paladins in batting average, runs (46), hits (73), triples, RBI, total bases (107), slugging percentage (.552), on-base percentage (.477), and multi-hit games (22), and has reached base in 32 consecutive games. The LaGrange, Ga., product established a new school season triples standard in Sunday's win over ETSU with his seventh three-bagger that also drove in a pair of runs.
All three contests will be live streamed over the SoCon Digital Network and audio streamed via Stretch Audio, with the "Voice of the Paladins" Dan Scott on the call.
Fans can also follow all series action via StatBroadcast live stats and via Twitter @FurmanBaseball. Links for video, audio, and live stats are available thru FurmanPaladins.com
The Paladins and Spartans battled in last year's SoCon Tournament championship with UNCG edging Furman in the elimination title game at Fluor Field.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information