GREENVILLE, S.C. -- William Head's two-out single in the top of the 11th inning scored Alex Leach to break a tie ball game and lift Appalachian State to a 10-9 victory over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Latham Stadium.
The victory allowed Appalachian State (8-4, 3-3 SoCon) to avoid the three-game series sweep and halted a five-game winning streak by Furman (12-4, 4-2 SoCon)
The Mountaineers made Head's go-ahead base hit stand up in the bottom of the 11th after Furman's Jordan Simpson and Will Muzika delivered one-out singles. ASU pitcher Clyde Tate retired Hunter Hurton on a line drive into left center field for the second out and then got Taylor Johnson on a ground ball to third base, where Head fielded it behind the bag and made an accurate throw to first base for the final out.
Head went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI, headlining an Appalachian State offense that totaled 17 hits and four route jobs, including two by Dillon Dobson, whose three-run the fourth inning erased a 5-2 Furman lead.
The Paladins trailed 8-5 before rallying to tie it with a three-run eighth. Alex Abrams' bases loaded, one-out single off Mountaineer closer Rob Marcello knotted it at 8-8, but after a Griffin Davis walk again loaded the bases, Marcello induced a double play groundout off the bat of Chris Ohmsteded to get out of the inning.
Both teams put two runners on in the ninth but could not capitalize.
ASU took a 2-0 lead with an unearned run in the second and solo home run Hector Crespo in the third.
Furman struck for five runs in the third against Mountaineer starting pitcher Sam Agnew-Wieland, combining an error with three hits, including a two-run home run to left field by Chris Ohmstede, to grab a 5-2 advantage.
The lead didn't last long as ASU came back with a three-run fourth against Furman starting pitcher Jake Wolff, who recorded two outs before giving up Dobson's thee-run home run to right field.
The Mountaineers then tallied single runs in the next four frames to take the 8-5 lead before Furman rallied to send it into extra innings.
The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers, including eight by Furman. Paladin starter Jake Wolff was limited due to illness and was pulled after giving up four runs on five hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
Furman was charged with four errors that accounted for four unearned runs.
Tate (1-0) allowed two hits over the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up the win for Appalachian State.
The loss was charged to Matt Solter (0-1), who yielded the game deciding run and three hits over the final two frames.
Ohmestede's two-run home run keyed a 3-for-6 performance at the plate for the Paladins. Abrams went 3-for-4 with two RBI, and four Paladins — Will Muzika, Burton, Davis, and Simpson — had two hits apiece in Furman's 16-hit afternoon, which also saw senior catcher Paul Nitto extend his SoCon leading hitting streak to 24 games with a single in third inning.
Jailyn Davis matched Head's four-hit effort by going 4-for-6, and Crespo had three hits, including a home run, in six at bats for the Mountaineers.