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Furman Rolls Past Presbyterian, 11-6

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Cameron Whitehead had three hits and Tyler Kimbrell delivered three innings of effective relief to help Furman roll past Presbyterian, 11-6, in baseball action Wednesday evening at Latham Stadium.

The win, which completed a three-game season sweep for Furman (15-20) against Presbyterian (20-19), was the fourth straight triumph for the Paladins, who return to action on Friday when they open a three-game Southern Conference series against East Tennessee State at Latham Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Whitehead, the Paladins' senior catcher who entered the contest hitting just .195, went 3-for-5, drove in a run, and scored a run to pace Furman's 14-hit attack.

Jabari Richards belted a two-run home run, and Brandon Elmy also homered and scored twice in a 2-for-4 performance. He was joined on the two-hit train by Carter Grote, Sky Overton, Bret Huebner, and Jake Crawford.

Kimbrell relieved Paladin starting pitcher Trent Alley to begin the fifth inning with the game tied 4-4 and was the beneficiary of a Whitehead RBI single and Huebner sacrifice fly in bottom of the inning that put Furman up, 6-4.

PC cut it to 6-5 on a Cletus Avery solo home run to left field in the seventh, but Furman answered with a four-run seventh, keyed by a Jake Crawford two-run double that helped extend the advantage to 10-5.

Kimbrell (1-0) allowed only two hits and a run over three frames to earn his first victory as a Paladin.

Heath Hawkins pitched the final 1 1/3 inning to collect his first save.

The loss went to Ethan Wortkoetter (0-2), who struck out the first two batters he faced to escape a bases loaded situation in the fourth before hitting the first two batters he faced to begin the fifth, both of whom later scored to help Furman go up, 6-4.

Elmy's home run, his team leading sixth of the season of the season, put Furman up 1-0 in the first inning.

Richards' two-run blast, which cleared the fence to the left of the 395' sign in center field, gave Furman a 3-1 lead in the third.

PC plated three runs in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead against Paladin freshman Trent Alley in his collegiate starting debut.  It didn't last long, however, as the Paladins tied it on a Sims Griffith sacrifice fly in the fourth and took the lead for good in the fifth.

Brett Auckland doubled twice and scored two runs in the a 3-for-4 performance to lead PC.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information