STATESBORO, GA. -- Georgia Southern erased an early three-run deficit by scoring in five consecutive innings en route to a 13-9 victory over Furman in the final game of a Southern Conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at Clements Stadium.
The win helped Georgia Southern (25-23, 13-14 SoCon) avoid the series sweep at the hands of Furman (26-20, 12-15 SoCon), which had its modest four-game winning streak halted.
The Paladins, who entered the weekend series in eighth place in the SoCon standings, finished the GSU series in seventh place, a game up on eighth place Samford (10-13 SoCon) and two games ahead of ninth place Wofford (10-17 SoCon and Davidson (10-17 SoCon). The top eight teams qualify for the SoCon Tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.
Furman will entertain UNC Greensboro next weekend in a three-game set at Latham Stadium in the Paladins' final SoCon series of the season.
In Sunday's contest against Georgia Southern, Furman grabbed an 3-0 lead in the second inning after Greg Harrison doubled and scored on a wild pitch and Chris Ohmstede cracked his team leading 10th home run of the season — a two-run shot to left that also scored Alex Abrams.
The advantage didn't last long, however, as Georgia Southern got to Paladin starter Jacque de Gruy in the bottom of the frame, combining four hits, including three doubles, with two walks and a wild pitch to take a 4-3 lead.
Will Muzika led off the third with a home run, the 27th of his career, to pull the Paladins even, but Furman couldn't quiet GSU as Robbie Streicher's two-run double and Robbie Dodds' two-run single — both with two outs — produced another four-spot in the third to give the Eagles an 8-4 advantage.
The Paladins cut it to 8-6 with two runs in the fourth, after which the Eagles responded with a run in the fourth, a two-run T.D. Davis home run in the fifth, and Scooter Williams solo blast in the sixth for a 12-7 advantage.
GSU racked up 15 hits in the contest, including six doubles and two home runs. Seven Eagles collected two hits, led by Williams, Dodds, Davis, and Streicher, each of whom drove in two runs.
Furman, which finished with 13 hits, was paced at the plate by Alex Abrams' 3-for-5 performance that included three runs and his fifth home run of the season. Jordan Simpson also had three hits, and Muzika went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs.
Chris Myers (1-1), who came on for battered Eagle starter Josh Stevenson with two outs in the fourth, earned the victory, tossing 1 1/3 innings of no-hit, scoreless relief that included two strikeouts.
de Gruy (2-2), who earned the save in Saturday's 5-3, 11-inning Furman victory, took the loss after lasting only 2 2/3 innings in his second start of the campaign. He was roughed up for seven runs on six hits and walked three.
Furman plays at Clemson on Tuesday in a 6:30 p.m. makeup game from an earlier rainout and will play host to th Tigers on Wednesday at Fluor Field beginning at 7:00 p.m.