DELAND, Fla. — Relievers Ryan Morse and Brant Masters shut out the University of Maine over the last three innings Friday afternoon, helping Furman University take a 4-2 baseball victory in the first round of the Stetson Invitational at Melching Field.
The Paladins took the lead with a run in the sixth inning, then added an insurance tally in the ninth to improve to 4-5.
Morse walked four but worked three hitless innings and Masters pitched a perfect ninth in relief of Alex Abrams (2-0), who scattered seven hits and allowed two runs in five innings.
Senior Tommy Lawrence (0-3) surrendered six hits and three runs in six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks for UMaine (1-6).
Shane Bussey paced the UMaine offense with two singles in his first game of the season and Scott Heath of Westbrook posted a double among the Black Bears’ seven hits.
Greg Harrison poked a double, a single and drove in two runs for Furman, while Andrew MacLatchie belted a solo home run and a single. Griffin Davis added a run-scoring double.
The Paladins snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth when Abrams worked a leadoff walk and scored all the way from first base on Davis’ pinch-hit double down the left-field line.
Furman added a run in ninth when MacLatchie homered off Bears reliever Charlie Butler to lead off the ninth.
UMaine grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Brian Doran, Steven Adam and Alex Calbick stroked consecutive singles to load the bases. One out later, Bussey hit an RBI single to right, then Jonathan Salcedo delivered a sacrifice fly to left.
Furman countered with two runs in the fifth. MacLatchie singled with one out, then Sky Overton laid down a bunt single. One out later, Hunter Burton reached on an infield single.
Harrison followed with a two-run single through the left side.
UMaine plays Iowa on Saturday at 1 p.m.