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Ohmstede Powers Furman Past Presbyterian, 8-3

Chris Ohmstede

CLINTON, S.C. -- Chris Ohmstede homered twice and Nate Smith pitched eight solid innings to power Furman past Presbyterian, 8-3, in baseball action Friday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.

The win, which halted Furman's five-game losing skid, evened the three game series between the Paladins (16-10) and Blue Hose (17-11), who will play Saturday at Latham Stadium in the 4:00 p.m. finale.

Ohmstede, who was hitting just .130 on March 5, continued his solid work at the plate over the last three-plus weeks with a 3-for-5 performance that included a two-run home run in a five-run Furman sixth inning and a solo clout in the eighth that gave the Paladins a 6-2 lead.  The sophomore third baseman has hit .414 (24-for-58) with six home runs and 14 RBI over the last 14 games.

Alex Abrams went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs, including a two-out, two-run double in Furman's big sixth inning.

Smith (3-1), meanwhile, delivered a strong start on the mound for the Paladins, pitching shutout ball over the first five frames before surrendering a pair of runs in the sixth.  He worked a scoreless seventh before yielding a run in the eighth.  The senior left-hander allowed 10 hits — all singles — and had three double plays turned behind him while totaling four strikeouts.  He issued only one walk and threw 101 pitches.

Furman, which committed two errors that led to five unearned runs in Thursday's 10-8 loss to PC, played errorless ball for only the sixth time this season.

Smith and PC starter Chandler Knox (2-2) breezed through the first five innings as the Blue Hose managed only two hits off Smith, and the Paladins a single off Knox as both teams turned a pair of double plays in support of their starters.

Furman broke through in the sixth as Paul Nitto drove in the first run on a bases loaded sacrifice fly, and Abrams followed with a two-run double into right center field to make it 3-0.  Ohmstede completed the five-run inning with his first of two home runs in the contest, a two-run job that cleared the left field fence.

The Blue Hose got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Aaron Preston and Brandon Paul.

Ohmstede delivered again in the eighth when he hammered a pitch by PC reliever Ryan Morris over the left field fence to stretch Furman's lead to 6-2.

PC cut it to 6-3 in the eighth but its bid for more runs was cut short by a Furman double play — the third of the contest for the Paladins.

Getting an RBI single from Abrams, the Paladins tacked on two more runs in the ninth and turned the game over to Matt Solter, who closed out the Blue Hose in order to secure the victory.