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Dunlavey Deals, Paladins Down Gardner-Webb, 7-2

Dunlavey Deals, Paladins Down Gardner-Webb, 7-2

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- David Dunlavey recorded 10 strikeouts over six innings and Furman scored five unanswered runs to down Gardner-Webb, 7-2, in rare Monday evening baseball action at Latham Stadium.

Furman improves to 2-3 on the season with the win while the loss drops Gardner-Webb to 4-1.

Dunlavey (1-1), a redshirt junior from Spartanburg, S.C., making only his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2017, surrendered two solo home runs among only four hits and two walks over six innings before departing with the score tied 2-2.

The right-hander qualified for the win after a four-run Paladin sixth highlighted by freshman second baseman Banks Griffith's two-out, two-run double and a Dax Roper two-run home run that stayed just inside the left field foul pole as it left the ball park.

Furman tacked on its final run in the seventh on a Logan Taplett solo home run to left field — the first career clout for the junior catcher/third baseman.

Dunlavey yielded to Matt Lazzaro, who worked a perfect seventh and eighth, and Rob Hughes finished up in the ninth, setting down the Bulldogs in order.

Furman pitching finished with 13 strikeouts and retired the final 14 Bulldog batters in the contest.

Roper paced Furman's 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 performance that included two RBI and two runs.  Griffith, who entered the game hitting .389, continued the strong start to his career by going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  His two RBI gave him eight in the Paladins' five games, tying him for the team lead.

Former St. Joseph's School and Eastside High School product Sterling Turmon went 2-for-3 and scored a run in his Paladin starting debut in left field.

The Paladins finished with 12 hits while Gardner-Webb had only four that included solo home runs by Justin Kunz and Chandler Redmond, accouting for the Bulldogs lone runs.

Furman plays host to UNC Asheville on Wednesday in a 5:00 p.m. game.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information