GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Bo Reeder went 4-for-4 with a home run, scored three times, and earned his nation leading 13th save to lead East Tennessee State past Furman, 12-9, in non-conference baseball action Wednesday evening at Latham Stadium.
The victory was the sixth straight for East Tennessee State (21-9) and gave the Bucaneers the season series over Furman (17-18) two games to one.
Reeder delivered an RBI single in a four-run Buccaneer third, hit a two-run home run in the fifth to give ETSU a 6-5 lead, stroked and RBI double in the sixth, and singled and scored in the eighth. In the ninth he moved from third base to the mound and worked around a leadoff walk to secure the win for the Buccaneers and notch the save.
Paul Hoilman also homered for East Tennessee State, belting a three-run third inning clout, to highlight ETSU's 12-hit attack. Matthew Scruggs scored four runs for the Buccaneers, who also go two hits each from Dylan Pratt and Andrew Green.
Furman was paced by Will Owens' 3-for-5 performance. Reese Wade collected two hits and a pair of RBI, and J.B. Jenkins drove in two runs with a double.
ETSU reliever Logan Rice (1-0) was credited with the win despite allowing four runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. He walked three and struck out one.
Matt Plate (2-3) took the loss for Furman after working 1 2/3 innings and yielding Reeder's two-run fifth inning home run.
The Paladins grabbed an 1-0 lead in the first, but it didn't last long as East Tennessee State struck for four, two-out runs in the third against Furman starting pitcher Steven Gary. Reeder's single to center field tied the game at 1-1, and Hoilman followed with a line drive three-run home run to left field for a 4-1 lead.
Furman answered with three in the bottom of the inning to tie the game on a run-scoring double by Aaron Thompkins, an RBI grounder by Wade, and Heath Burton's double to left field that plated Thompkins.
The Paladins turned to small ball to scratch across an unearned run in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead, but ETSU responded in the fifth with Reeder's two-run blast to left field off Furman reliever Matt Plate.
The Buccaneers used RBI doubles by Reeder and Green and pair of Furman errors in the sixth to stretch the advantage to 9-5.
ETSU led 10-5 when J.B. Jenkins' two-run double down the left field line keyed a four-run Furman seventh that made it a 10-9 game. The Bucs, however, quickly pushed the lead to 12-9, taking advantage of a hit, a pair of walks, a two wild pitches by Paladin reliever John Patterson to plate the game's final two runs in the eighth.
Bo Burton combined with Reeder to work a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Furman continues its season long 11-game homestand on Friday when it opens a three-game Southern Conference series against The Citadel. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.