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Furman Falls To Davidson, 7-6, In 10 Innings

Chris Ohmstede
Chris Ohmstede

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Sam Foy's double to right center field in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Michael Zeblo from second base to give Davidson a 7-6 victory over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field.

The win earned Davidson (8-9, 4-5 SoCon) the series victory two games to one.  The Wildcats were the designated home team in Sunday's contest, which followed games at Davidson on Friday and Saturday.

The loss was the third in five extra inning games for Furman (14-6, 5-4 SoCon) this season.

Furman, which wore green uniforms in celebration of St. Patrick's Day,  forced the game into extra frames after battling back from a 5-0 fourth inning deficit.  Chris Ohmstede led the charge with two home runs, including a mammoth two-run blast to center field in the top of the ninth, to give the Paladins a 6-5 lead.

Davidson, however, answered in the bottom of the ninth behind Forrest Brandt, who survived a close call on a 1-2 pitch from Paladin closer Ben Carlton to rip a leadoff double into the left center field gap.  He advanced to third on a sacrifice and scored easily to tie the game at 6-6 on Andrew Barna's sacrifice fly to right field.

In the Davidson 10th, Zeblo drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second when Chris Dyer was plunked by a pitch for the third time in the game.  Foy followed with his game winning double into the right center field gap.

Zeblo (1-0) pitched the final two innings and survived Ohmstede's two-run home run to earn the victory, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk.  He recorded one strikeout.

Carlson (2-1) was charged with the loss after working the final 1 1/3 innings for the Paladins.  He yielded two runs on two hits, walked one, and hit a batter.

The Paladins lost despite posting a 15-8 advantage in hits.  Ohmsteded led the way with a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance.  Alex Abrams and Hunter Burton also had three hits in the contest.

Foy and Brandt led Davidson both doubled and had two hits apiece to lead Davidson at the plate.

The Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Paladin starter Jake Wolff and made it 2-0 in the second when Dyer was hit by a Wolff pitch with the bases loaded, forcing in Barna.

Wolff's control problems continued in the fourth when he hit Lowe to lead off and walked Nathan Becker with one out.  His replacement, Ryan Dittmar,surrendered an RBI single to Dyer and then walked the next two batters he faced to force in another run to make it 4-0.  Davidson capped the three-run inning with a Brandt sacrifice fly to take a 5-0 lead.

The Paladins began their comeback in the fifth behind Ohmstede, who delivered an RBI single to score Abrams.

Furman tallied twice in the sixth to make it a 5-3 game and cut it to 5-4 in the seventh on Ohmstede's first of two home runs in the game, a solo shot over the green monster in left field off of Davidson reliever Matt Saeta.

The Paladins play at Georgia on Tuesday in a 5:00 p.m. game.