Columbia starter Merandy Gonzalez and reliever Taylor Henry teamed up for a four-hit shutout, and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow had three hits in three at bats as the Columbia Fireflies blanked the Lexington Legends 5-0 Friday night in Columbia.
Columbia jumped on top with three runs in the third inning. With one out and Gene Cone on at first base, Luis Carpio singled, sending Cone to third. Both runners scored on a double by Michael Paez. Paez went to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Jose Medina.
The Fireflies added a run in the fifth on a triple by Paez and a ground out by Dash Winningham. They scored their final run in the eighth on when Desmond Lindsay doubled, moved to third on a single by Tebow and scored when Milton Ramos grounded into a double play.
Gonzalez (3-0) allowed three hits in seven innings and picked up the win. He has not given up a run in 20 and two-thirds innings this season.
Lexington starter Nolan Watson (0-3) was the losing pitcher.
The series is even at one win apiece and continues Saturday. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Hot bat: First baseman Chris DeVito has hit safely in his last seven games and has 13 hits in 27 at bats (.481) during the streak. In his last 10 games, he is batting .375 (15 for 40). He is tied for third in the South Atlantic League in runs batted in with 13. Four of those came on a grand slam April 17 against Greenville at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.