Feb. 28, 2004
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Miami baseball team split a weekend-opening doubleheader at Furman University as the RedHawk offense turned in a Jeckel-and-Hyde performance, winning the series opener 8-1 and dropping the night cap 4-1 at the Furman Baseball Field.
In the first half of the doubleheader it looked like the game was going to be a pitchers' duel as both teams struggled at the plate and were tied 1-1 after six innings. In the seventh inning things changed as Miami's bats woke up and proceeded to score seven runs over the next three innings.
In the seventh inning, the RedHawks strung together three hits, including a clutch two-out RBI-single by Mike Ferris to make the score 4-1. In the eighth inning it was the bat of shortstop Courtney Campbell that ran the score to 7-1, keying the inning driving in a pair of RBIs on a one-out double. Miami added a run in the ninth on Paul Frietch's second home run of the year to close out the scoring.
Frietch went 2-for-4 in the game, driving in a pair of runs and scoring two others. Sophomore pitcher Graham Taylor picked up the win his first of the year, going eight innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out seven.
The night cap was dominated by pitching as freshman lefthander Keith Weiser and Furman's Kyle Funk allowed a combined two hits, both by Miami, in the first four innings.
This time though it was the Paladin's bats that came alive as they scratched together a combined four runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Funk settled in for Furman and held Miami to three hits the rest of the way.
The RedHawks lone run came in the third inning as designated hitter John Slone drove a Funk offering over the right-centerfield wall to give Miami a then 1-0 lead.
Weiser was straddled with the loss, dropping him to 1-1 on the season. Matt Long who came in during the seventh inning pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball to close out the game.
Miami (2-3) and Furman (2-5) face off again tomorrow in the series finale at 1 p.m. at the Furman Baseball Field. The RedHawks will be looking to pulled back to .500 on the year.