Greenville, SC - Matt Ford's two-run double in the top of the seventh inning put the Pride ahead for good and Nick Kozlowski allowed six hits and two runs in a career-best eight innings as Hofstra took the opening game of a doubleheader, 4-2 at Latham Stadium. Furman won game two, 5-4, in 10 innings.
Hofstra is now 6-8 on the season following the split while Furman is now 8-11.
The Paladins scored both of their runs in the first inning of game one as Heath Burton led off with a single and Hunter Burton was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Following a pop out and a strikeout, Alex Abrams walked to load the bases and Jordan Simpson followed with a two-run double.
But Kozlowski (3-1) would settle down from there and allowed just four singles over the next seven innings. He also struck out four while walking just one.
The Pride would cut the deficit in half in the third inning as Mike Friel led off with a single and went to third on a pair of ground ball outs. Eric Ferguson would reach on an infield single to score Friel and make it a 2-1 game.
The score stayed that way until the seventh when TJ Ehrsam got things started with a one-out single. After Ehrsam stole second, Ferguson walked. A fly out would send Ehrsam to third before Ford delivered the go-ahead double down the left field line. Hofstra would tack on an insurance run in the eighth as Brian MacDonald reached on a three-base error and scored on a wild pitch.
Brett Schreiber came on in the ninth and struck out two of his three batters to nail down his third save of the year. Ferguson had two hits in the game, as did MacDonald.
In the nightcap Furman scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings and then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th for a 5-4 victory. Hofstra had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth and had gone ahead 4-3 with a run in the top of the ninth before Furman tied the score.
Abrams had a first inning sacrifice fly and Cameron Whitehead homered in the fourth to stake the Paladins to a 2-0 lead before Hofstra scored three times in the fifth to take the lead. Dalton Rouleau had an RBI single, Kenny Jackson a sacrifice fly and Robbie Cafiero an RBI double in the inning for the Pride.
But the lead was short-lived as Furman tied the score in the bottom of the fifth on a Greg Harrison single that scored Hunter Burton, who had singled and stole second.
But Hofstra pushed across a run in the ninth on a two-out single by Jackson that plated Rouleau with the go-ahead run. However, Furman used a two-out hit from Simpson to tie the score in the ninth. Then in the 10th, Whitehead led off with a double and went to third on a bunt single from Sky Overton. Heath Burton then ended the game with a single to right center.
Schreiber (1-1) took the loss for the Pride, allowing two runs on eight hits in two-plus innings of work. Rouleau finished with three hits in the game, while Ferguson and MacDonald added two each.
Tyler Wood (1-0) picked up the win for Furman in game two.
Hofstra and Furman are slated to wrap up the series Sunday at 1 p.m.