Saturday, March 31, 2018

Paladins swept in opening SoCon series

After a pair of close losses in the first two games of its series against Samford, Furman went out with a whimper Saturday at Latham Stadium. The Bulldogs had 25 baserunners, allowed just three hits and and completed the sweep with a 10-0 win. It's the eighth consecutive loss for the Paladins (13-15, 0-3 SoCon).

Samford (15-14, 4-2) got all the runs it needed with a five-run third inning. The Bulldogs led 3-0 and had the bases loaded with two outs and a 2-2 count on leadoff man Branden Fryman when Heath Hawkins came on in relief of starter Matt Lazzaro. Fryman sent Hawkins' first pitch up the middle for a two-run single to cap the inning.

Brooks Carlson had three hits and three runs to lead the Bulldogs' 13-hit effort. Fryman had two hits and three RBIs, while Ryan Crockett went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run. Samford also drew 10 walks as each of Furman's six pitchers issued at least one free pass.

Back-to-back two-out singles in the third and a double in the ninth made up all of the Paladins' hits. Leadoff man Ben Anderson accounted for half of Furman's eight baserunners as he went 1-for-1 with three walks. The Paladins didn't sniff snapping what's now an 80-inning homerless streak as Samford recorded just one flyball out on a shallow pop to center.

Samford starter Stephen Jones (2-4), who entered with an ERA of 5.06, allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to get the win. He had three walks and two strikeouts.

Furman returns to action Wednesday, hosting Georgia State at 5 p.m.

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