April 13, 2006
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Greg Dowling homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs to propel Georgia Southern to a 9-7 win over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Thursday night at Furman Stadium.
Dowling, a senior first baseman from Marietta, Ga., went 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the first inning and grand slam in the fifth, to finish the game with six RBI. His power spiced an 11-hit attack for Georgia Southern (20-17, 7-3 SoCon), which held off a late rally by Furman (21-11, 8-2 SoCon) to snap the Paladins' 10-game home winning streak.
Everett Teaford (5-3) earned the victory after working seven innings and allowing 10 hits, six runs, and no walks. He struck out four.
Matt Klinker (4-2) surrendered six runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings to absorb the loss.
Furman collected 14 hits in the contest, including home runs by Andrew Greene, A.J. Davidiuk, and Jay Jackson. Davidiuk went 4-for-5 to lead the way, and Greene, who had his 24-game hitting streak halted in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Charleston Southern, went 3-for-5.
Georgia Southern touched up Klinker for a pair of runs in the first inning. Chris Shehan singled with one out, and Dowling followed with a towering two-run home run over the left centerfield fence.
After managing just one hit against Teaford over the first three innings, Furman erupted for five hits and three runs in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Greene led off with home run to left field, and Davidiuk followed with blast to left center. Jackson then singled up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and came home on Paul Ortenzo's groundout.
Georgia Southern answered with a four-run fifth highlighted by Dowling's grand slam. Singles by Chris Hollis, Matt Miller, and Shehan loaded the bases with one out. Dowling then worked the count to 2-2 before lining Klinker's offering over the right field fence to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead.
The Eagles stretched their lead to 9-4 in the seventh, taking advantage of a two hits, two walks, and a passed ball to plate three runs. Mike Economos' bases loaded two-run double plated Dowling and Shehan, and Brett Pelfrey wrapped up the frame with a RBI grounder that scored Jeremiah Parker.
Furman rallied for three runs in the eighth on Jay Jackson's three-run home run off Eagle reliever A.J. Battisto to make it 9-7. The Paladins threatened to extend the inning by loading the bases with one out, but Battisto recovered by striking out Case Cassedy and Ben Terry to halt the threat and preserve the two-run margin.
David Cogswell pitched around a single in the Furman ninth to seal the win and notch his sixth save on the season.
The two teams will play game two of the series Friday evening in a 6:00 p.m. game.