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Furman Beats Stetson, 3-1

Chris Ohmstede
Chris Ohmstede

DELAND, FLA. -- Chris Ohmstede's two-run single in the top of the ninth inning broke a tie game and lifted Furman to a 3-1 victory over host Stetson in Saturday evening baseball action at Melching Field.

The Paladins (5-5), who opened the three-game trip to DeLand with a 4-2 win over Maine on Friday, will play Iowa on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. before heading back to Greenville.

Ohmstede's decisive hit through the left side came off Stetson reliever Tyler Warmoth (0-1) after Hunter Burton and Greg Harrison led off the ninth with infield hits and advanced on a wild pitch.

Harrison moved from first base to the mound in the bottom of the ninth and overcame a leadoff walk to get the next three Hatters and nail down the victory and his second save of the campaign.

The ninth-inning runs by Furman made a winner of Billy Greenfield (1-0), who came on in relief of Jacques de Gruy in the eighth with runners on first and third and one out and the Paladins up 1-0.  Greenfield's second pitch to Josh Powers went to the backstop, allowing Kevin Fagan to sprint home from third to tie the game at 1-1, but the freshman left-hander recovered to retire the next two batters to leave it tied.

Stetson's run in the eighth ensured a no-decision for Paladin starting pitcher Matt Solter, who turned in a stellar performance, working seven shutout innings and allowing just three hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Solter's teammates provided him with the game's first run in the top of the eighth when Alex Abrams singled with one out, advanced to second on a error, and on to third on a Griffin Davis single before scoring on the Hatters' second error of the frame.

Furman stranded 10 runners through the first seven innings, and for the game the Paladins left 15 on base, including three in the ninth following Ohmstede's two-run single.

The Paladins' three runs came on 13 hits, including three apiece by Harrison and Abrams,  Jordan Simpson and Hunter Burton had two hits each.

Stetson (2-8) managed six hits in the contest.

The loss went to Warmoth (0-1), who allowed three hits and both ninth inning runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.  He walked one and fanned two.