March 2, 2011
GREENVILLE, S.C.-----Four Furman pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout, and the Paladins turned four double plays to beat Georgia 3-0 here Wednesday at Flour Field.
Georgia missed out on a scoring opportunity in the fifth. Jonathan Hester and Joey Delmonico reached on base hits to start the frame. Then on a 3-1 count, Curt Powell lined out to right field. Furman left-hander Daniel Stallsmith pitched out of the jam as Peter Verdin laced a grounder to third baseman Alex Abrams as the Paladins turned a double play. In the bottom of the inning, Furman responded by getting its first two batters to reach as catcher Paul Nitto and Alex Abrams recorded singles off Bulldog left-hander Chase Hawkins. Shortstop J.B. Jenkins blooped a single to right to load the bases. Cameron Allmendinger lined the first pitch he saw to left and Zach Cone caught it for the first out and fired a strike home to keep Furman off the scoreboard. However, left fielder Will Owen followed with a two-run single and Aaron Thompson added an RBI-single to end Hawkins night. Georgia looked to junior Ben Cornwell, and he retired the next two Paladins to keep it 3-0.
Georgia tried to answer in the sixth getting a leadoff walk from Levi Hyams, and then the Paladins turned their second double play of the contest. Cone and Chase Davidson reached on four-pitch walks and Furman looked to right-hander Drake Browne for the final out of the frame. He got Kyle Farmer to bounce out and preserve the shutout. Stallsmith gave Furman 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits on three walks and two strikeouts.
Georgia loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh courtesy of a single, error and hit by pitch and Furman emerged unscathed yet again thanks in part to its fourth double play of the night. First, Verdin grounded to third which led to a force out at home and then Hyams lined in to a double play.
Furman reliever Matt Plate came on to pitch the eighth and closer Dylan Cole took care of the ninth to pick up his second save. Stallsmith got the win to even his record at 1-1 while Hawkins got the loss to fall to 0-1. Furman snapped a five-game losing streak to bring their season record to 5-5.
Georgia got out of a jam in the eighth after Cecil Tanner came on and put runners at the corners with one out. The Bulldogs brought in sophomore left-hander Blake Dieterich, and he got Abrams to hit into a double play to send it to the ninth.
"We're having a tough time scoring right now, and we didn't think that would be a problem with our veteran lineup, and we're just fighting it and it's starting to wear on us," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I've got no solutions for all the double plays. We're hitting it hard and you have to credit Furman for playing good defense. Our pitching has been pretty good, we had one tough inning, but at the same time, they're having to pitch extremely well, it's a fine line because of our trouble scoring."
The Bulldogs (2-6) will return to action Friday when they play host to fifth-ranked Florida State (8-0) in the first of a three-game series. First pitch at Foley Field Friday is set for 6:30 p.m