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Furman Downs 26th-Ranked Georgia, 5-4

Chris Ohmstede

ATHENS, GA. -- Chris Ohmstede belted a two-run home run to highlight a five-run Furman fourth and the Paladins held on to defeat 26th-ranked Georgia, 5-4, in baseball action action Tuesday evening at Foley Field.

The victory snapped a five-game losing skid for Furman (18-20) and marked the Paladins' third triumph in the last four meetings with Georgia (23-15).

The Paladins trailed 2-0 after three innings but struck for all five of their runs in the fourth against Bulldog pitcher Michael Palazzone.

Jake Jones led off the Furman fourth with a single, stole second, and came around to score after Taylor Johnson beat out a single to first base and the throw sailed wide of the covering Palazzone. After a walk to Will Miller, Will Muzika stroked a double into left center field to drive home Johnson. Alex Abrams followed with a RBI groundout to make it 3-1, and Ohmstede capped the frame with a towering two-run home run to left field, his fifth clout of the campaign, to stake the Paladins to the 5-1 advantage.

Georgia answered in the bottom of the fourth with a Nelson Ward RBI single, and the Bulldogs cut it to 5-4 an inning later on a Levi Hyams sacrifice fly.

Furman put its first two batters on in both the sixth and seventh but faied to score.

Joey Delmonico led off the Georgia sixth with a double, but Paladin reliever Jacques de Gruy stranded him there by striking out Curt Powell, getting Peter Verdin on an infield fly, and Ward on a groundout.

Matt Solter came on for de Gruy in the seventh and worked around a one-out walk by retiring Powell on a fly to right field with the tying run at third base.

Abrams moved from third base to the mound in the ninth and quickly recorded two outs.  Kyle Farmer singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but Abrams recovered by striking out Colby May to end the game just as rain showers descended on the stadium.

Elliott Warford (3-0) was credited with the win after making only the second start of his career. He overcame a shaky first inning that saw him surrender three walks, a triple, and a pair of runs. He ended up working three innings and was the beneficiary of the five-run Paladin fourth.

Abrams earned his second save of the season.

Palazzone (1-5) was charged with the loss after yielding all five Paladin runs on four hits in the fourth.

Both teams finished with seven hits.

Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it entertains Winthrop in a 6:00 p.m. game at Latham Stadium.