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Furman Comeback Sinks USC Upstate, 10-7

Will Miller vs. Clemson, 2010
Will Miller vs. Clemson, 2010

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Chris Ohmstede went 3-for-4, homered, and drove in four runs to help Furman overcome a 6-0 deficit on the way to posting a 10-7 victory over USC Upstate in Wednesday evening baseball action at Latham Stadium.

The victory improved Furman to 10-8 on the season and earned the Paladins the season split with USC Upstate, which slipped to 12-3 with the loss.

Ohmstede, a freshman infielder making only his fourth collegiate start, belted a three-run round tripper in the second inning to cut the Spartans' lead  to 6-3, and his RBI single in the fifth made it a 6-5 game.

Will Miller's two-run home run in the sixth, part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance, gave the Paladins an 8-7 lead, and Furman tacked on a insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning to complete the comeback.

The Paladins, who out-hit the Spartans 12-9, also got three hits from Alex Abrams, and Hunter Burton went 2-for-2 and scored three runs.

Furman's bullpen helped fuel the comeback by surrendering just one run over the final seven innings.

Junior right-hander Matt Plate, seeing his first action of the spring, worked two scoreless innings, and Jacques de Gruy, Alex Abrams, Matt Solter, and Elliott Warford combined to no-hit the Spartans for four frames.

de Gruy (1-0), who pitched the sixth, was the beneficiary of Miller's go-ahead, two-run home run, earning the victory, his first as a Paladin.

Warford, meanwhile, was credited with his fourth save after working a perfect ninth.

The loss was charged to Chris Knauff (0-1), who allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in two innings.

Furman starting pitcher Jake Wolff was touched up for four runs in the first, including a three-run home run by Trey Richardson.

USC Upstate added two more in the second, combining two hits with an error, to stretch its advantage to 6-0.

The Spartans, however, saw their bats quieted considerably thereafter, as they tallied just one run on three hits the rest of the way.

Furman opens a three-game Southern Conference series at Samford on Friday.  First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.  All three Furman-Samford games will be webcast through Stretch Audio at and also available to fans in the stadium via local transmitter 105.9 FM or the nearest available frequency.  Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins" will deliver the play-by-play action.