GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Brandon Elmy homered and drove in four runs and John Michael Bertrand pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid relief to propel Furman past the University of Pennsylvania, 12-4, in baseball action Tuesday evening at Latham Stadium.
The win was the fourth in the last five games for Furman (7-5), which will face Penn (1-6) again Wednesday in a 2:00 p.m. contest.
Elmy went 2-for-4 and helped the Paladins grab a 4-0 first inning lead with a three-run home run to left field for the 20th clout of his career. The senior first baseman added another RBI in the third as the Paladins, aided by a two-run Logan Taplett single, scored four more to go up 8-0 and chase Quaker starting and losing pitcher Jack Hartman (1-1), who lasted only three innings, yielding eight hits and nine runs. He walked four and struck out three.
Furman led 9-3 after four innings, but Paladin starting pitcher Trent Alley couldn't get out of the fifth inning to qualify for the win, victimized by a two-out error behind him and a pair of walks that loaded the bases. Bertrand (1-0) came on to get the final out of the fifth and proceeded to go the rest of the way to earn his first collegiate victory. The freshman left-hander from Alpharetta, Ga., surrendered three hits, one run, and a walk while striking out five.
The Paladins banged out 13 hits, led by Jake Crawford, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Elmy joined by Taplett, Ben Anderson, and Bret Huebner in collecting two hits.
Penn finished with eight hits with Chris Adams going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information