After the awards presentation for 10 Buccaneer seniors, the seniors’ mothers threw out the ceremonial first pitches in celebration of Mother’s Day. All of the pitches made it to the plate.
The Bucs drop to 26-21 on the season with a 10-11 mark in the Southern Conference.
Furman improves to 24-26, sitting at 9-12 in the league.
Senior Aaron Maher finished the day 1-for-4 with a two-run home run.
PALADINS OUT QUICK
Furman got off to a solid start with three runs in the top of the second inning and five in the first five frames.
Sims Griffith got the scoring started off for Furman with a infield single that scored Jake Crawford from third.
Ben Anderson kept the scoring going with a triple to right center on the next batter — the 17th triple ETSU has allowed this season — that scored Griffith and Bret Huebner.
All of Furman’s runs in the second were unearned, as there was a throwing error that allowed Crawford on base.
BUCS HITLESS THROUGH THREE
The Bucs could not figure Furman pitcher John Bertrand through the first three innings, as he puzzled the Bucs’ potent offense by allowing one walk.
The first hit the Bucs got was in the fourth when Caleb Longley reached on a fielder’s choice, but the Paladins turned a double play on the next batter to get out of the inning unscathed.
ETSU MOUNTS A RALLY
The Bucs mounted a prolonged rally by starting off in the fifth inning with Jackson Greer hitting a home run to left field toward the University Edge apartments that got the first run on the board.
In the seventh, Longley led off the inning with a solo blast to straightaway center off the wall to nab his second hit of the game and 14th home run of the season, which is still tops in the SoCon.
Cullen Smith singled to right field and then Maher hit the Bucs’ second homer of the inning to right center, cutting the Furman lead to one run at 5-4.
Tyler Kimbrell came on in relief after Maher’s homer for Bertrand and shut down the Bucs’ offense for the rest of the game.
The Paladins got the insurance runs they were looking for in the eighth inning with four of them in the top half.
Overall, the Paladins ended with 12 hits and four players had multiple knocks.
Anderson ended the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk.
Kimbrell earned his sixth save of the season by finishing the last three innings and striking out five batters.
The remainder of the regular season schedule will be on the road for ETSU, as they travel over the mountain for a game with UNC-Asheville on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
The last SoCon series will be at Wofford on May 17-19.
The conference tournament will be in Greenville, South Carolina, beginning May 22.