Upstate Drops 13-1 Decision to Furman

Upstate Drops 13-1 Decision to Furman

Greenville, S.C. – Matthew Quarles pitched six scoreless innings as the Furman Paladins defeated USC Upstate 13-1 Tuesday evening in non-conference action from Fluor Field as part of the BB&T College Baseball Series.

The Spartans fall to 5-8 on the season while the Paladins even their record at 6-6.

Quarles (1-1) limited Upstate to three hits over his six innings pitched while striking out five and walking none. Eric Birklund (0-2) suffered the loss for the Spartans as he gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

Furman picked up two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Heath Burton began the inning as he tripled to right field and scored the following at-bat on Hunter Burton's RBI single. Burton then stole third and came home two batters later on an RBI sacrifice fly by Chris Ohmstede.

The Paladins added to the lead in their half of the fourth inning as they plated five runs to make it a 7-0 contest. Ohmstede had two RBI in the inning after his single up the middle with one out scored Heath Burton and Hunter Burton.  Heath Burton also posted an RBI double to right center field while Sky Overton began the scoring with his RBI sacrifice fly.

Jordan Simpson drove in Overton to cap off a three-run fifth inning for Furman as it increased its lead to 10-0. Andrew McLatchie led off the inning with a double to left field and then moved to third on a single by Griffin Davis. McLatchie later scored on an Upstate error. Heath Burton would record his second RBI of the game as his groundout brought home Davis.

Davis led off the Furman half of the seventh inning with a double down the left field line and then advanced to third on a double off the left field wall by Heath Burton. He would score on a fielder's choice by Matt Towarnicky to increase the Paladins lead to 11-0.

Furman made it 13-0 after recording two runs in the bottom of the eighth as Overton and Heath Burton had back-to-back RBI singles.

AJ Mackey got Upstate on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth with a one-out RBI single to make the score 13-1. Luke Weber started the inning for the Spartans by picking up his second hit of the game on a single up the middle. He advanced to third on wild pitches by Paladin relievers Brant Masters and Anthony Buonopane.

Weber led Upstate offensively with two hits while Mackey, Tyler Lesch, Zach Krider, Justin Allen and Daniel Seeba each had one hit.

Heath Burton had a team-high four hits for Furman and drove in three runs along with Ohmstede.

The Spartans return to action tomorrow night when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m.

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