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Ohmstede, Johnson Power Furman To 19-3 Win Over Dayton

Chris Ohmstede
Chris Ohmstede

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Chris Ohmstede belted a grand slam and matched a school record with seven RBI, and Taylor Johnson went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs to power Furman past Dayton, 19-3, Thursday evening in the opening game of a three-game baseball series at Latham Stadium.

The victory was the fourth straight for Furman (30-23) and clinched the seventh 30-win season in program history.

Ohmstede, whose seven RBI tied the Furman single game standard first set by Joey Rodgers in an 11-9 win over the College of Charleston in 2008, stroked a two-run double in a five-run Paladin first inning and belted his second grand slam of the season in the eighth inning to help Furman record its highest run total since a 19-2 victory over Davidson in 2006.

Johnson continued his recent torrid pace with a two-run home run in the first, a three-run double in the third, and singles in the fifth and sixth before exiting the game with the Paladins ahead 14-2.

Furman, which pounded out a season high 21 hits, also got four hits from freshman Jordan Simpson and three hits and three runs from Alex Abrams.

The heavy lumber provided more than enough support for Paladin starting pitcher Nate Smith (6-4), who worked five innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

The loss was charged to Dayton starter Noah Buetttgen (1-10) , who was tagged for 11 runs, though only six were earned, on 13 hits over four innings.

The Paladins grabbed control of the contest early, striking for five runs in the first, highlighted by Johnson's two-run clout to left — his 10th of the season.

Furman scored twice in the second to make it 7-0 and then tacked on four more in the third on a Johnson three-run double and RBI single by Greg Harrison for an 11-0 lead.

Jared Broughton went 3-for-3 to lead Dayton (11-38-1).

Friday's game is a 4:00 p.m. start.