GREENVILLE, S.C. – Senior third baseman Robert McIntosh drove in four runs while fellow upperclassman Scott Robinson picked up his third save of the season as UNC Asheville earned a 7-6 victory over Furman on Tuesday afternoon at Latham Stadium.
The Bulldogs found themselves down 3-0 after the first inning, answering with a pair of runs in the third on a Tommy Houmard triple that drove in Kyle Towles and a RBI groundout by McIntosh that drove in Houmard. The Paladins tallied three more runs in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead into the fifth.
McIntosh hit a solo home run to left in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to three, followed by a two-RBI single by McIntosh an inning later to cut the lead to a run. First baseman Hunter Bryant doubled to left with a runner on first to tie the game before catcher Sam Turner singled in Bryant to give Asheville the 7-6 lead.
Furman’s Jordan Simpson led off the ninth with a single, but was later erased after Turner threw him out a second on a steal attempt. Robinson struck out the final batter of the game to earn the save and give the Bulldogs the victory.
With the win Asheville improves to 5-14 while the Paladins drop to 8-12. The win also snapped a three-game losing skid for the Blue & White, who pick up their third road win of the season.
McIntosh went 2-for-5 at the plate with four RBI and a runs scored. Houmard, McIntosh, Phillip Treadway and Pete Guy each posted two hits at the top of the order, with Towles and Houmard accounting for two runs apiece.
Simpson went 4-for-5 for the Paladins in the No. 5 spot, with third baseman Chris Ohmstede driving in a team-high two RBI.
Senior hurler Brian Connolly (2-0) picked up the win in a relief appearance, allowing two hits over two shutout innings.
Furman’s Billy Greenfield (1-2) was credited with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of work.
The Bulldogs will host Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb this weekend in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 5 p.m.