ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Trailing 6-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning the UNC Asheville baseball team rallied for four runs in the frame, but could not complete the comeback against Furman as the Paladins earned a 6-4 victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday evening at Greenwood Field.
With the victory Furman improves to 16-23 on the season while Asheville drops to 12-29. The Paladins scored six runs on eight hits while committing two errors while the Bulldogs scored four runs on six hits with two errors as well.
Furman got on the board in the top of the second, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Burton with the bases loaded to take on 1-0 lead. The Paladins then exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a Jake Jones two-RBI single up the middle.
Another sacrifice fly by Alex Abrams in the top of the eighth gave Furman a 6-0 lead.
Asheville got their first two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth to set up centerfielder Tanner Bush who delivered a single to score the Bulldogs’ first run of the game. With runners at first and third Bush reached second on a wild pitch followed by a throwing error by the catcher which allowed Derek Smith to score from third.
Bush reached third on the error and then was brought home on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Robert McIntosh. Tommy Houmard then drew a walk followed by a double down the leftfield line by Phillip Treadway which drove in Houmard and pulled the Bulldogs to within two runs of the Paladins.
Furman was able to hold Asheville scoreless in the ninth to pick up the 6-4 victory.
Abrams started the game as the designated hitter and picked up a save when he moved to pitcher in the bottom of the eighth. Starter Tyler Wood was credited with the win, tossing 5.2 shutout innings while giving up three hits to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Asheville’s Ethan Steible (0-5) got saddled with the loss, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
Bush was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the leadoff spot, with McIntosh and Treadway each picking up a RBI for the Bulldogs.
The Blue & White will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Big South Conference foe Liberty in a three-game series beginning on Friday.