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Furman Downs USC Upstate, 7-4

Furman Downs USC Upstate, 7-4

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- John Michael Bertrand pitched six effective innings and Furman used four first inning runs, highlighted by a Logan Taplett three-run home run, to power its way to a 7-4 victory over USC Upstate in baseball action Wednesday evening at Cleveland S. Harley Park.

The win was the third in the last four outings for Furman (5-9), which opens a three-game series on Friday at The College of Charleston.

The Paladins grabbed command in the first inning after David Webel led off with a double and raced home on a Banks Griffith single. Two batters later Sterling Turmon ripped a double down the right field line, and Taplett followed with a three-run home run just inside the left field foul pole, 335 feet from home plate.

USC Upstate answered with an Austin Morgan two-run home run in the second and cut Furman's lead to 4-3 with a sacrifice fly in the third.  Bertrand checked the Spartans over the next three frames, working a perfect fourth, pitching around a two-out walk in the fifth and a one-out single in the sixth.

His offense, meanwhile, continued to deliver runs, adding a Griffith sacrifice fly in the fifth and an RBI double by freshman Anthony Fontana in the sixth.  Logan Kellerman drove home Fontana with a two-out single to left center field.

All three runs allowed by Betrand (1-1) were earned.  The sophomore left-hander walked one and struck out two.

Jordan Beatson registered his best outing of the season, earning the save after working the final three innings, surrendering one run on two hits and a walk.   He fanned two.

Webel, making his season debut in the leadoff slot, doubled twice, walked, and scored two runs in a 2-for-4 performance.

Turmon also had two hits and scored two runs in Furman's eight-hit attack.

Taplett's home run was his third of the season.

Furman's four-run first came at the expense of USC Upstate starting pitcher Jonathan Howlett (1-1), who was charged with four of the five runs.  He gave up four hits and two walks in five inning of work.

The Spartans finished with seven hits.

Hunter Reid, Sports Information