Furman 6, No. 12 South Carolina 5
GREENVILLE — Taylor Johnson’s seventh-inning home run tied the game, and an unearned run in the eighth helped Furman upset No. 12 South Carolina, 6-5, on Wednesday at Fluor Field.
After trailing 4-1, South Carolina (23-7) rallied behind Dante Rosenberg’s RBI single in the sixth, and an RBI single by Max Schrock and two-run double by Brison Celek in the seventh.
In the eighth, Alex Abrams reached on an error and scored on Griffin Davis’ RBI double.
The Gamecocks looked to rally one more time in the ninth as Celek drew a two-out walk followed by a walk to Rosenberg. Pinch hitter Grayson Greiner grounded into a fielder’s choice to the shortstop for the final out of the game, preserving Furman’s win.
USC is next at Tennessee on Friday.
Furman reliever Ben Carlson (3-1) earned the win with 12/3 scoreless innings of relief with three hits allowed. Matt Solter picked up a save with one scoreless inning of relief, his sixth of the season.
South Carolina freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop (4-1) allowed one run, unearned, on one hit in 0.2 innings with a strikeout to take the loss.
South Carolina lost despite having 10 hits to Furman’s nine in the game.
Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Graham Saiko led off with a walk, stole second base and scored on Iskenderian’s RBI double down the right field line. Iskenderian laced a 2-2 pitch from Furman starter Jake Wolff just inside the line to score Saiko for the first run of the game.
Furman would score twice in the bottom of the third to take a one-run lead. Jordan Simpson doubled down the left field line with one out and Will Muzika followed with a walk. With two outs and both runners in scoring position, Johnson bounced a base hit through the right side to give the Paladins a 2-1 advantage. That lead increased to 3-1 in the fourth inning as Ohmstede homered over the left field wall for his seventh homer of the season.
South Carolina threatened in the top of the fifth inning. Brison Celek led off with a walk, TJ Costen singled with one out and Graham Saiko followed with a walk to load the bases. Furman right-hander Drake Browne fought back though and struck out both Iskenderian and Joey Pankake to keep the Paladins ahead by a pair of runs. Furman added a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hunter Burton drew a one-out walk and on the hit and run advanced to third on Taylor Johnson’s base hit to right field. Burton would score on Paul Nitto’s fielder’s choice to make it 4-1.
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