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Furman Splits Saturday Doubleheader At The Citadel: 11-5 (10 Innings), 1-6

Furman Splits Saturday Doubleheader At The Citadel: 11-5 (10 Innings), 1-6

G1 -- Furman 11, The Citadel 5 (10 Innings)
G2 -- The Citadel 6, Furman 1

CHARLESTON, S.C.. -- Furman scored six runs in the 10th inning to secure an 11-5 opening game win of a Saturday Southern Conference doubleheader at The Citadel but committed a season high five errors in dropping game two, 6-1.

The Paladins (20-23, 5-9 SoCon) and Bulldogs (15-26, 4-10 SoCon) play the final game of the series at Joseph P. Riley Park at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

In the opener the Paladins took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth before The Citadel tied it on a Clay Martin two-run single off Furman reliever Grant Schuermann.

The Paladins responded with a six-run 10th inning, loading the bases with one out before Ben Anderson walked to force in Jake Crawford with the go-ahead run.  Two batters later Brandon Elmy made it 8-5 with a two-run single to right field, and Jabari Richards concluded the outburst with a line drive triple down the left field line that cleared the bases for an 11-5 advantage.

The six-run 10th earned Schuermann (3-6) his first career victory in relief.  The senior left-hander, who exited a start against Wofford on Apr. 14 and did not pitch in the Paladins' series last weekend at VMI, entered the game with two outs in the fifth inning after the Bulldogs tied the game.  He kept it level by striking out Ben Peden and proceeded to check The Citadel over the next three frames with inning ending double plays.  The Cincinnati, Ohio, product forced extra innings by rolling his fourth twin killing to end the ninth.  He allowed two runs on three hits over 4 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two.

Furman banged out 15 hits in opener, getting identical 3-for-6, two-RBI, one-run performances from Jason Costa and Elmy.  Richards' three-run triple continued the Paladin junior's impressive career work against The Citadel, giving him 11 RBIs in seven games.

The loss was charged to Zach Taglieri (0-1), who yielded a leadoff single in the 10th inning to Crawford, who later scored the go-ahead run on Anderson's bases loaded walk.  He worked a 1 1/3 inning, striking out three.

In Saturday's second game Furman committed a season high five errors behind tough luck Paladin starter John Michael Bertrand (4-2) en route to the 6-1 loss. 

The Paladins' leaky defense started early as Elmy and Dillon Love booted back-to-back ground balls in the first inning that led to a pair of unearned runs for the Bulldogs.

The Citadel made it 3-0 an inning later on a Jeffrey Brown RBI single, and in the third plated two more unearned runs for a 5-0 lead, made possible by two more Paladin fielding miscues.

Furman got its only run in the fourth on a Logan Taplett ground out.

Despite the non-support of his teammates in the field, Bertrand (4-2) went the distance for the Paladins, working a career long eight innings and allowing nine hits.  Only two of The Citadel's six runs were earned.  He walked three and struck out two.

Earning the complete game victory was Thomas Byelick (1-6), who threw 141 pitches and allowed no earned runs on six hits.  He walked six and fanned seven.

Brown and Peden had two hits apiece to pace The Citadel.