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UNC Asheville Edges Furman, 4-3

John Michael Boswell
John Michael Boswell

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Danny Wilson hit a two-run home run and UNC Asheville used six pitchers to beat Furman, 4-3, in Wednesday afternoon baseball action at Latham Stadium.

Trailing 3-1 after five innings, the Bulldogs (2-6) rallied to tie the game in the sixth on Wilson's two-out, two-run blast to left center field, and an inning later took the lead for good when Jake Madole sprinted home on a wild pitch by Paladin reliever Rob Hughes.

The go-ahead run proved enough for Bulldog reliever and winning pitcher Jacob Edwards (2-0), who blanked the Paladins over the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  He allowed three hits, including a pair of two-out singles to Sterling Turmon and Bret Huebner in the seventh that put runners on the corners, but Edwards regrouped to retire David Webel on a soft line drive to second base to end the threat.

Edwards set down the Paladins in order in the eighth before yielding to Kole Harris, who worked around a leadoff single in the ninth with an infield pop fly and back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

UNCA pitching, which entered the game with a 9.50 team ERA, dialed up 12 strikeouts in the contest.

Furman, which managed eight hits, was paced offensively by John Michael Boswell's 3-for-4 performance.

The Paladins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Jordan Starkes singles and later scored from second on a infield single by Boswell.

UNCA tied it in the fourth on Brandon Lankford's solo home run to deep left center field.

Furman went up 3-1 in the fourth on a Logan Taplett sacrrifice fly and Trent Alley RBI single that scored Boswell.

Paladin starter John Michael Bertrand allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.

The loss was charged to Anrdrew Holweger (0-1), who surrendered a leadoff single in the seventh to Madole, who scored on the wild pitch that put Bulldogs ahead for good.

Furman opens a three-game series against Wake Forest on Friday, playing in Winston-Salem at 6:00 p.m.  Thhe two teams meet in Charlotte on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. contest before wrapping up the series at Fluor Field in Greenville's West End on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.