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Morse, Furman Down East Tennessee State, 5-3

Ryan Morse
Ryan Morse

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. -- Ryan Morse pitched three solid innings of relief and got a pair of runs in support to help Furman beat East Tennessee State, 5-3, in baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Thomas Stadium.

The win improves Furman to 3-1 on the season while East Tennessee State, which will rejoin the Southern Conference next year, falls to 2-2 on the young season.

Morse (1-0) entered the game in the fifth inning in relief of Paladin freshman starter Matthew Quarles  with a 3-2 lead, but watched as a pair of two-out errors behind him allowed the Buccaneers to score an unearned run and tie the game.

The Paladins answered in their next at bat as Hunter Burton reached on a two-out bunt single and scored on a Greg Harrison double to center field to give Furman a 4-3 lead.

Furman added another run in the seventh after Jordan Simpson tripled to right center field off East Tennessee State reliever Kameron Miller and came home on pinch hitter Jake Jones' groundout.

Morse retired the Buccaneers in order in the seventh and exited the contest after allowing just one unearned run, one hit, and a walk over three frames.  The junoir left-hander struck out two.

Brant Masters pitched a scoreless eighth, and Harrison worked a perfect ninth to earn his first collegiate save and preserve the victory.

Furman banged out 13 hits in the contest, led by Burton, who went 3-for-5, scored two runs, and stole three bases.

Chris Ohmstede also had three hits, and Griffin Davis registered two base knocks for the Paladins.

Furman navigated around four errors that led to only one unearned run and was assisted by three double plays.  The Paladins stranded 12 runners in the contest.

Freshman starting pitcher Matthew Quarles allowed a pair of runs on six hits in four innings of work.  He owned a 2-0 lead until the third when the Buccaneers' Clinton Freeman stroked a two-out, two-run double to tie the contest.

East Tennessee registered eight hits, including two by Tyler Roach.

Jamin McCann (0-1) was charged with the loss after yielding Harrison's RBI double in the sixth.  He surrendered five hits in two innings of work.

Furman will open a three-game home series against Virginia Commonwealth this Friday at Latham Stadium, with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m.