Davidson Downs Furman, 10-5
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Forrest Brandt belted a second inning grand slam to help power Davidson past Furman, 10-5, in Southern Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium.
The win improves Davidson to 19-8 overall and 9-2 in SoCon play. Furman falls to 11-20 and 2-6 in league action. Sunday's series finale is set for 1:00 p.m. at Latham Stadium.
With Davidson leading 3-2 in the second and the bases loaded, Brandt deposited an offering by Paladin starting pitcher Jacques de Gruy over the left center field fence to give the Wildcats a 7-2 lead.
The early run support helped make a winner of Davidson starting pitcher Clark Beeker (2-0), who worked five innings and allowed three runs on five hits before departing with an 8-3 lead.
The Wildcats collected 12 hits in the contest, led by Andrew Pope, who went 3-for-4 and scored four runs. David Daniels had two hits and scored twice.
Chris Ohmstede and Jake Jones had two hits apiece to lead Furman.
Davidson got to de Gruy for two runs in the first, combining two hits with an error and wild pitch to grab the early lead.
Furman tied it in its first at bat on an RBI triple by Chris Ohmstede, who later scored on a wild pitch.
Davidson took command in the second, using a pair of walks, two wild pitches, a hit batsman, and an infield single in advance of Brandt's two-out, bases-clearing blast.
de Gruy (1-3), who was charged with the loss, worked only two innings. He surrendered seven runs, all earned, on five hits and three walks while fanning three.
Ryan Dittmar turned his best relief outing of the year, tossing 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball. The senior left-hander entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth and proceeded to work out of the jam with two strikeouts and a fly out.