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ETSU Sweeps Furman In Saturday Twinbill: 8-7, 11-5

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- East Tennessee State bounced back from a Friday series opening loss to sweep Furman in a Saturday doubleheader, 8-7 and 11-5 in Southern Conference baseball action at Latham Stadium.

The sweep earned the series win for the Buccaneers (25-10, 6-3 SoCon) while Furman (12-13, 5-7 SoCon) fell for the fifth time in the last six games.

In Saturday's first game, which was interrupted by a near two-hour lighting delay, ETSU used a five-run fifth inning to take a 8-2, seventh inning lead before Furman rallied, tallying a run in the seventh, two in the eighth on a John Michael Boswell two-run single, and two more in the ninth.

In the ninth the Paladins combined two hits with a walk, a hit batsman, and a Buccaneer fielding error to threaten to complete the comeback.  After Furman cut ETSU's lead to 8-6 on a Jared Mihalic sacrifice fly, ETSU reliever James Giambalvo retired Jabari Richards on a foul pop, and then, after Buccaneer third baseman Jake Llyle mishandled a ground ball off Boswell's bat, allowing Logan Taplett to race home from third base, Giambalvo regrouped to strike out Anthony Fontana to end the game with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.

Furman stranded 15 base runners in the game and went 0-for-7 in bases loaded situations.

The Paladins out-hit the Buccaneers 15-12, getting a 3-for-5 performance from Richards, two doubled twice and homered while scoring three runs.  Fontana also finished with three hits.

ETSU overcame a 1-0 deficit with a five-run fifth, highlighted by a leadoff solo home run Ethan Shelton and two-run blast by David Beam, against Paladin starting and losing pitcher Matt Lazzaro (1-4), who was tagged for rive runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings of work.

The win was credited to David Knack (8-0), who allowed three runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

In game two, ETSU starting pitcher Daniel Sweeney pitched seven solid innings, allowing four runs on eight hits to lead the Buccaneers to the 11-5 win.

ETSU grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second against Paladin starting and losing pitcher David Dunlavey (2-7) and led 7-1 in the seventh before Furman's Brett Huebner clubbed a two-run home run and Richards left the yard for the second time in the twinbill to pull the Paladins to within 7-4.

The Bucs quickly answered behind Shelton's two-run triple off Paladin reliever Mason Kenney in the eighth to put the game on ice.

Sweeney (5-2) was credited with the win while Dunalvey took the loss after yielding six runs and fiv walks in five-plus innings.  Paladin pitching issued nine walks in the contest.

Marcus Turmon clubbed his team leading ninth home run in game, giving the Paladin redshirt sophomore a team leading nine route jobs on the season.