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10-Run Furman Eighth Grounds Georgia Southern, 13-5

Chris Ohmstede
Chris Ohmstede

STATESBORO, GA. -- Chris Ohmstede went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs and Furman erupted for a season high 10 runs in the eighth inning en route to a 13-5 win over Georgia Southern in the opening game of a three-game Southern Conference baseball series Friday evening at Clements Stadium.

The Paladins trailed 5-3 after seven frames before sending 14 batters to plate and banging out eight hits in the eighth to take control of the contest.

The win was the third straight for Furman (25-19, 11-14 SoCon), which improved to 7-6 in league road games this year, and third triumph in the last four clashes against Georgia Southern (24-22, 12-13 SoCon).

The Paladins out-hit the Eagles 16-9 and continued their offensive onslaught that has produced 33 runs and 45 hits in the three-game winning streak.  The 10-run inning was the most productive frame of the season for Furman.

Greg Harrison continued his recent torrid work at the plate with a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance that included a double and his fourth home run of the season, and Will Muzika also drove in three runs with a pair of hits.

Ben Carlson (5-2), who came on in the seventh with his team down two runs, was the beneficiary of the late game surge, earning the win after working the final three innings.

Sam Howard (6-7), the second of four Eagle pitchers to get knocked around in the decisive eighth inning, took the loss, failing to record an out while yielding five runs on a pair of hits and three walks.

Harrison's leadoff solo home run off of GSU reliever Chris Myers cut the Eagles' lead to 5-4.  Paul Nitto followed with double down the left field line, and an Alex Abrams single put runners at second and third for Chris Ohmstede, whose two-run double to center field off of Howard drove home Nitto and Abrams to give the Paladins a 6-5 lead.

Three straight walks by Howard forced in another run, and Muzika greeted Howard's replacement, Clint Taylor, with a two-run single to stretch the advantage to 9-5.

Harrison and Nitto added to the outburst with their second hits of the frame with a run scoring single and double, respectively.  The Paladins closed out the inning with an Abrams sacrifice fly and an Ohmstede RBI single — his second base hit of the inning.

Furman took a 2-0 lead in the first on a Muzika RBI double and Harrison sacrifice fly.

Georgia Southern countered with in the second with a bases clearing triple off the bat of Kyle Streicher.

Ben Morgan's solo home run in the sixth put Georgia Southern up 5-3.

Furman starter Nate Smith worked six innings, allowing five runs on six hits.  He walked five struck out six.

Saturday's game is scheduled to get underway at 10:30 a.m. to allow Furman's seven seniors the opportunity to travel to Greenville in time for graduation exercises.