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Owens, Ohmstede Lead Furman Past Toledo, 9-5

Will Owens vs. Citadel, 2011
Will Owens vs. Citadel, 2011

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Will Owens continued to feast on Toledo pitching, going 3-for-5 and scoring three runs in leading Furman to a 9-5 victory in Saturday baseball action at Latham Stadium.

Owens, a senior from Greer who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Paladins' series opening win over the Rockets on Friday, reached base and scored in his first two plate appearances Saturday, helping the Paladins take an early 6-0 lead.  Later in the sixth he singled and scored on a three-run home run by freshman Chris Ohmsted that gave the Paladins a 9-2 advantage.

Owens' performance highlighted a 14-hit afternoon for Furman (6-5), which claimed its third straight victory.  Will Muzika also had three hits and Ohmstede's three-run blast to left center field represented his first colllegiate hit.

Toledo (3-5), which had 10 hits, was paced at the plate by Ben Hammer, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and Joe Corfman, who notched a 3-for-5 afternoon.

Furman's heavy lumber knocked out Rockets' starting pitcher Alex Radon (0-1), who lasted just 1 1/3 innings while yielding six runs on nine hits.

Nate Smith (1-1) used the early run support to notch his first win of the season.  In five innings he allowed two runs on four hits while walking two and fanning six in 83 pitches.

Eillott Warford came on in the ninth to get the final out after Toledo scored a run and put two runners on against Paladin reliever Kevin Gottlieb.  The save was the the third of the season for Warford.

Muzika gave Furman a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first that plated Owens.

The Paladins put a five-spot on the scoreboard in the second on seven hits, including five straight, highlighted by a Will Miller two-run single.

Toledo tallied runs in the third and fourth against Smith to make it 6-2, but the Paladins responded with Ohmstede's two-out, three-run home run in the sixth to take control.

Sunday's series finale is set for 1:00 p.m.

Furman Notes:  Freshman Will Ohmstede registered his first collegiate start, stepping in at third base for Alex Abrams.  Freshman right-hander Elliott Warford is now 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA and three saves in three opportunites this year.  Opponents are hitting just .212 against him (9.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K).  Will Owens is hitting a team leading .435 (20x46) and sports a .500 on-base percentage.  Furman pitching has registered a 3.54 ERA over the last six games (4-2).