BIRMINGHAM, AL -
The Samford baseball team belted four home runs on its way to a 9-5 Southern Conference win in the first game of a three-game series with Furman Friday afternoon at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
Samford’s Tyler Filliben went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Drew McWhorter went 3-for-4 with a home run and one RBI, while Caleb Bryson went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
“Those were two big swings by Ty,” Samford head coach Casey Dunn said. “Also, it was a heck of a job by Caleb. All four of his at-bats were quality at-bats. I was proud of the way those guys swung the bat. Really, I thought, one through nine, we had some pretty tough at-bats today.”
Alex Ledford (5-1) pitched 7.2 innings, giving up five runs, just three earned, on five hits to earn the win on the mound for Samford. Andres Gracia pitched the final 1.1 innings, giving up no runs on three hits to pick up his SoCon-leading eighth save of the season.
“I’m proud of Alex,” Dunn said. “The ball just wasn’t sinking for him today. He gave up a couple of hard-hit balls and we made a couple of mistakes defensively behind him. But, I was proud of the way he competed and battled. He pitched into the eighth inning without his best stuff.”
For Furman, Jordan Simpson and Chris Ohmstede each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hunter Burton went 2-for-5 for the Paladins. Andrew MacLatchie hit a home run and drove in two runs in a 1-for-4 performance.
Brant Masters (0-2) pitched 1.1 innings in relief, giving up three runs on three hits to take the loss on the mound for Furman. Matt Solter started the game on the mound for the Paladins, tossing 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.