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Bertrand, Beatson Lead Furman Past Winthrop, 8-3

Furman beat Winthrop in baseball Tuesday, 8-3.

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Furman freshman pitchers John Michael Bertrand and Jordan Beatson combined to lead Furman past Winthrop, 8-3, in baseball action Tuesday evening at the Winthrop Ballpark.

The win was the seventh in the last nine games for Furman (10-6), which returns home to play Harvard in a four-game series beginning on Thursday at Latham Stadium.

Making his first collegiate start after seven appearances in relief (2-0), Bertrand worked five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while walking two and recording three strikeouts in earning the victory.

The left-hander from Alpharetta, Ga., was the beneficiary of a four-run Furman sixth inning that saw the Paladins load the bases with walks and take a 4-3 lead on back-to-back two-run doubles by Landon Kay and Logan Taplett.

Furman came back with four more in the seventh, combining a walk with three hits, the big blow coming on a Jabari Richards two-out, two run single that made it 8-3.

Beatson, who took over for Bertrand to start the sixth, checked the Eagles on two hits over the final four innings to notch his first collegiate save.  The right-hander from Irmo, S.C., struck out four, did not walk a batter, and retired the final seven batters he faced.

The Paladins managed only two hits over the first five innings against Winthrop starting pitcher Riley Arnone, but Arnone's replacement, Turner Scruggs, set the table for Furman's comeback in the sixth by walking the bases loaded with nobody out. Kay made him pay by lacing a two-run double off the left center field wall to make it a 3-2 game, and Taplett's two-double off Eagle reliever Macklin Ohs put the Paladins up, 4-3.

Winthrop out-hit Furman 11-8, collecting nine of their tally in the first five innings. The Paladins finished with eight hits led by Jason Costa (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Taplett (2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI).  Brandon Elmy had an RBI double and scored two runs.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information