SHELBY, N.C. – Josh Drewery went 3-for-5 with six RBI Tuesday night, leading Gardner-Webb to a 12-6 win over Furman at Veterans Field / Keeter Stadium.
With Gardner-Webb (5-7) trailing 5-1 in the third inning, Drewery fueled a rally with a two-run double to deep left center, driving in Daniel Merck and Aaron Miller. The Casar, N.C., native put the ‘Dogs in front, 8-6, with a two-run double in the seventh and gave GWU some insurance with a sharp, two-run, single in the bottom of the eighth.
O.J. McFarland added a two-run single in the eighth inning for the 12-6 lead, which relief ace Adam Izokovic would make stand. Izokovic entered the game with one out and two on board in the top of the eighth, and fanned a pair of Furman batters to preserve what was then a two-run cushion.
The two through five spots in Gardner-Webb’s batting order combined to go 13-for-19 with nine runs scored and 11 RBI. Aaron Miller led that charge with a 4-for-4 effort and five runs scored. Fulginiti (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI), McFarland (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and Drewery also helped power the middle-of-the-order explosion. Gardner-Webb had 16 hits as a team.
Brock Wilson (2-1) picked up the win in relief for Gardner-Webb, hurling 1.1 innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit. Izokovic picked up his first save of the season, working 1.2 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts. Opponents are hitting a cool .089 against Izokovic in 17.1 innings of work this season.
Michael Hanzlik overcame a rough start to post a solid outing. The Blythewood, S.C., freshman gave up five runs on four hits in the first two innings, but settled down. The big righty retired 12 men in a row at one point and allowed just one unearned run the rest of the way in a no decision. Hanzlik worked 6.0 innings total on the night.
Furman’s Bobby Lyne (1-1) took the loss in relief, allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of work. Kevin Gaid started the game and allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 3.0 innings of scheduled work. The Paladins (5-7) used seven different pitchers in the game.
Furman managed just eight hits in the game, with eight different men collecting one each. Will Muzika and Will Owens each homered in the game, accounting for five of the Paladins’ six runs. Owens’ homer was his fourth in just over one week of action.
Gardner-Webb will travel to Clemson, S.C., on Wednesday to battled with No. 12 Clemson at 4:00 in Doug Kingsmore Stadium.