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Abrams, Simpson Spark Furman To 13-3 Win Over Wofford

Alex Abrams
Alex Abrams

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Alex Abrams threw six solid innings in his first collegiate start and Jordan Simpson went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs to spark Furman to a 13-3 victory over Wofford in Southern Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Russell C. King Field.

The Paladins' victory evened the series at a game apiece heading into Sunday's 1:00 p.m. finale.

Given his first start to halt Furman's recent weekend struggles in league play, Abrams (3-0) delivered by allowing only a run on six hits while doubling his longest outing of the season.  Prior to Saturday the junior right-hander had posted 24 career appearances — all in relief.  The junior from Charleston also collected an RBI double and scored two runs serving in a designated hitter role.

Simpson, meanwhile, continued his mid-season surge with a pair of singles, a double, and a triple in his 4-for-5 performance that produced a season high five RBI.  The Paladin freshman second baseman has batted .369 (17-for-46) over the last 12 games.

Furman (19-15, 7-10 SoCon) roughed up Wofford (14-23, 5-12 SoCon) for five runs in the first inning, chasing Terrier starter Luke Leftwich (2-4) before he recorded an out.  Taylor Johnson's RBI double scored Will Muzika, and Paul Nitto's RBI grounder drove home Jake Jones to give Furman a 2-0 lead.  Abrams followed with a double that scored Johnson, and singles by Harrison Farmer and Simpson tacked on the final two runs in the Paladin first.

Furman tallied two unearned runs in the fourth to stretch its advantage to 7-0, and then to 10-0 in the sixth on a Simpson two-run triple and RBI single by Ohmstede.

Abrams yielded his only run in the bottom of the sixth before giving way to the Paladin bullpen.

Simpson wrapped up his big day at the plate with a two-run single in the eighth off of Terrier reliever Dominick Del Monte.  His four hits led the way in Furman's 13-hit attack, which also featured two-hit peformances by Ohmstede and Griffin Davis, who entered the game as a pinch hitter.

Paul Nitto scored three of the Paladins' 13 runs.

Seth Neely went 4-for-5 to lead Wofford, which finished with nine hits.