Lyne Pitches Furman Past Samford, 3-2
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Bobby Lyne threw seven shutout innings and Chris Ohmstede went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to propel Furman past Samford, 3-2, in the opening game of a three-game Southern Conference baseball series Friday evening at Griffin Field.
The win was the third straight for Furman (11-8, 1-3 SoCon) but only the second triumph in last nine meetings against Samford (11-7, 2-2 SoCon).
Lyne (3-2) dominated Samford's offense in his seven innings of work, allowing only five hits and no walks while striking out five before departing with a 2-0 lead.
Ohmstede, meanwhile, followed up his 3-for-3, 4-RBI performance in Furman's 10-7 win over USC Upstate on Wednesday with another three-hit effort that included a double, an RBI single in the fourth, and a bases loaded RBI single in the eighth that proved to be the game winner.
The loss was charged to Kyle Putkonen (0-3), who allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He walked two and fanned six.
The Paladins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third after Will Owens led off with a double, advanced to third on a fly out, and scored when Bulldog catcher Brad Moss failed to maintain control on a throw to the plate from third baseman Tommy Corbin.
Furman made it 2-0 an inning later on Ohmstede's single to left field, which drove home Taylor Johnson, who had led off the frame with a double.
Lyne only faced trouble in one inning, the seventh, after he had opened the frame with strikeouts of Brandon Miller and Phillip Ervin. After C.K. Irby and Tommy Corbin singled, the Paladin senior right-hander got pinch-hitter Kevin Putkonen on a fly ball to end the inning, preserving the 2-0 lead.
The Paladins pushed across what proved to be the game winning run in the eighth on Ohmstede's single to shortstop, which plated Alex Abrams to make it 3-0.
Shaky defense in the eighth and the ninth almost proved costly for the Paladins.
In the eighth center fielder Will Miller committed only his third error in the last 134 games when he dropped a fly ball off the bat of leadoff hitter Austin Allison, who later scored the unearned run on a ground out to cut Furman's lead to 3-1. Relief pitcher Alex Abrams limited the damage by getting Phillip Ervin on a line out to Miller to end the inning and strand two runners.
In the ninth, Elliott Warford retired the first batter he faced but then a single, an error on Paladin second baseman Will Muzika, and another base hit loaded the bases for the Bulldogs, who cut it 3-2 on Zeth Stone's sacrifice fly.
After a wild pitch moved the winning run into scoring position, Warford walked Moss to load the bases before recovering to strike out Matt Frederick to end the game and notch his fifth save of the season.
Saturday's 3:00 p.m. ET game, as well as Sunday's 2:00 p.m. ET series finale, will be webcast through Stretch Audio at www.furmanpaladins.com, with Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins," presenting the play-by-play. The broadcast will also be available to fans in the stadium via transmitter at 105.9 FM, or the nearest available frequency. Pre-game programming for Saturday's contest will commence at 2:45 p.m. ET.
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