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Beatson Hurls Furman Past The Citadel In Series Clinching Victory, 6-1

Jordan Beatson

CHARLESTON, S.C.. -- Jordan Beatson pitched six shutout innings and collected his first win in a starting role in leading Furman to a 6-1 triumph over The Citadel in Southern Conference baseball play Sunday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley Park.

The win earned the series triumph for Furman (21-23, 6-9 SoCon) and marked the Paladins' eighth victory in their last nine clashes with The Citadel (15-27, 4-11 SoCon).

Beatson (2-2), a freshman right-hander from Irmo, S.C., making his 17th appearance of the season but just his second in a starting role, worked a season high with his six innings.  He threw only 72 pitches, surrendered just two hits, and only faced trouble in one inning — the third, when he yielded a walk, a ground-rule double, and a hit batsman to load the bases with two outs.  He escaped by retiring Jonathan Sabo on a fly ball to center field.

The former Dutch Fork High School standout, who walked three and struck out three, retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced before being pulled after six frames with a 5-0 lead.

His teammates gave him all the runs he would need in the first inning as Furman took advantage of two Citadel errors to grab a 2-0 lead, getting an RBI single from Jabari Richards and a failed pickoff attempt that allowed Landon Kay to sprint home.

Freshman Ben Anderson accounted for the Paladins' next two runs, delivering a sacrifice fly in the second and his school record tying sixth triple of the season in the fourth that drove in Sims Griffith for a 4-0 advantage.

Furman tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh, with the final tally coming on a Jake Crawford leadoff home run.

The Paladins lost their shutout bid in the eighth after Heath Hawkins plunked Bulldog leadoff hitter Bryce Leasure on the first pitch of the inning, and Taylor Cothran drove him home, doubling to right center field off Hawkins' replacement, Jake Crawford.  Crawford ended the eighth by striking out Ryan McCarthy and worked a quick bottom of the ninth to nail down the win.

Crawford had two of Furman's nine hits, with this home run marking his fifth of the season.

Sims Griffith, who sat out the series' first games due to injury, returned to go 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.

The loss was charged to Bulldog starter Jonathan Sabo (1-2), who worked five innings, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits.  He walked three and fanned five.

In the middle of final exams, Furman won't return to action until Friday when the Paladins open a three-game SoCon series against Western Carolina at Latham Stadium.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information