GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Furman Paladins baseball team will put a wrap on the regular season portion of its schedule with a three-game road series against the Belmont Bruins beginning with a Thursday 5:00 CT contest at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.
The Paladins (27-25), who have gone 16-5 since Apr. 13, wrapped up Southern Conference play last weekend by taking two of three from VMI in Greenville to claim its fifth consecutive league series and finish its SoCon slate with a 14-10 record. Furman is currently fourth in the conference standings and can finish anywhere from second to fifth depending on results from other league action over the next four days.
Southern Conference Tournament play gets underway next Tuesday at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville and will run thru Sunday.
Belmont (27-25) , which has won five of its last seven games, sports an identical record as Furman and concluded Ohio Valley Conference action with a 17-13 ledger.
The Bruins and Paladins last faced each other in baseball in 2000 and have split four prior meetings.
Furman's starting pitching rotation for the series will feature sophomore right-hander Jake Crawford (1-4, 7.41 ERA) in Thursday's opener, followed by redshirt sophomore left-hander Grant Schuermann (6-4, 4.97 ERA) on Friday, and senior right-hander Matthew Quarles (6-3, 4.65 ERA) in Saturday's 2:00 p.m. CT finale.
The Paladins are paced offensively by a pair of juniors, outfielder Landon Kay (.344, 10 HR, 33 RBI) and first baseman Brandon Elmy (.344, 11 HR, 48 RBI), and senior outfielder Carter Grote (.341, 7 HR, 49 RBI). Senior catcher Cameron Whitehead (.303, 11 HR, 31 RBI) has enjoyed an impressive late season surge that has seen him swat .400 (32x80) with 22 RBI over his last 21 games. The Cincinnati, Ohio, product went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and two RBI in Furman's 10-6 loss at Georgia on Tuesday.
All three Furman-Belmont games will include a video live stream over the Ohio Valley Digital Network. In addition the games will feature the radio call of Dan Scott, "The Voice of the Paladins", over campus station 95.9 FM and streamed via Stretch Internet thru FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can also follow the action on twitter @FurmanBaseball
Belmont provided live stats will be available via StatBroadcast, with links available thru FurmanPaladins.com
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information