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Furman Falls To Gardner-Webb, 5-3

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GREENVILLE, S.C. --  Corey Howard went 3-for-5 and scored and pair of runs and Landon Mitchell pitched three solid innings of relief to lead Gardner-Webb past Furman, 5-3, in Sunday afternoon baseball action at Latham Stadium.

The Paladins (1-3) and Bulldogs (4-0) will conclude their two-game series on Monday at Latham Stadium in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

With the score tied 1-1 after five innings, Gardner-Webb struck for four runs in the sixth to take command, chasing Paladin starting pitcher Nik Verbeke following an RBI grounder off the bat of JP McGuire that scored Chandler Redmond to break the deadlock, and then roughing up Verbeke's replacement, John Michael Bertrand for a pair of hits and two walks to complete the four-run frame for a 5-1advantage.

Furman cut the lead in half in the eighth against Bulldog reliever Eugene Snyder when John Michael Boswell clubbed a two-out, two-run home run to left field.  The Paladins' Justin Reid followed with a walk, and Bret Huebner dropped a single into right field against Snyder's replacement, Jarrett Thompson, but Thompson recovered to retire David Webel on a ground out to end the threat.

Thompson set down the Paladins in order in the ninth to record his second save of the season, recording two of the Bulldog pitching's 10 strikeouts in the contest

Freshman Banks Griffith tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth with his first collegiate home run, which left the ball yard to left field.

Gardner-Webb's decisive sixth inning made a winner of Mitchell (1-0), who worked three innings, allowing a run on one hit.  He walked two and fanned two.

Verbeke (0-1) hurled five strong innings before running into trouble in the sixth, yielding a leadoff single and double by Howard that set up the four-run frame.  He was charged with three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits and Furman with seven. Boswell and Huebner led the Paladins with two hits apiece.

Furman received solid relief work from its final three hurlers — Jeremiah Garcia, Andrew Holweger, and Hank Nichols, who allowed only one hit while striking our four over the last three innings.