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Furman Takes Down The Citadel In Series Finale, 8-6

Chris Ohmstede
Chris Ohmstede

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Chris Ohmstede stroked a pair of two-run doubles and the top half of Furman's lineup feasted at the plate in powering the Paladins to an 8-6 win over The Citadel in the Southern Conference series finale Sunday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley Park.

Ohmstede, a junior third baseman, stroked a two-run double in the first inning to give Furman (17-25, 7-10 SoCon) a 3-0 lead and later keyed a four-run sixth with his second two-run double that proved to be the game winner.

Ohmstede went 2-for-5 and scored a run, part of a productive top four of Furman's lineup that combined to collect 13 of the Paladins' 14 hits.  Jake Jones (4-for-6, 2 RBI, 2 run) and Greg Harrison (4-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 runs) led the way, and Hunter Burton posted a 3-for-4 performance with a triple and swiped his SoCon leading 33rd base.

The Citadel (18-26, 4-16 SoCon) won the series two games to one but could not escape the SoCon cellar.

Furman's 3-0 first inning lead didn't last long as The Citadel cut it to 3-2 in its first at bat on RBI singles by Bo Thompson and Drew DeKerlegand.

The Paladins made it 4-2 in the second on a Greg Harrison single that drove home Andrew MacLatchie.

The Bulldogs tied it with two runs in the third, and it remain knotted to until the sixth when Hunter Burton drew a one-out walk off Bulldog starting pitcher Austin Livingston, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error before scoring on a Jones single.  After a Harrison single, Ohmstede lined a two-run double into right field to plate Jones and Harrison.  Ohmstede scored the inning's final run when Griffin Davis drew a bases loaded walk to make it 8-4.

The Citadel sliced it to 8-6 with a pair of runs off Paladin reliever Alex Abrams in the eighth, but Abrams slammed the door in the ninth, retiring the Bulldogs in order to secure the win.

Paladin starter Tyler Wood (5-1) earned the victory, pitching three shutout frames after surrendering four runs over the first three innings  He surrendered 10 hits and three walks while fanning four.

Livingston (2-5) took the loss after getting tagged for 11 hits and eight runs over 5 1/3 innings.  He walked four and struck out six.