Furman Powers Past USC Upstate

April 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

Furman hit four home runs and registered a season-high 22 hits on its way to a 20-6 victory over USC Upstate Tuesday from Latham Stadium.

Furman used an RBI single by Chris Ohmstede, a three-run home run from Jordan Simpson and a two-run home run from Brandon Elmy in the bottom of the first inning to build a 6-0 lead.

Shortstop Sims Griffith gave the Paladins an 8-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run single through the left side to drive in Simpson and Elmy.

Simpson connected for his second two-run home run of the game in the fourth inning to put Furman ahead 10-0.

Upstate pushed across its first two runs of the game in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Charlie Carpenter and a sacrifice fly from Jake Beaver. Erik Samples drew a one-out walk to begin the rally to mark the 21st consecutive game he has reached base safely.

A two-run triple from Jake Jones, a throwing error on the Upstate infield and an RBI single by Ohmstede in the seventh gave Furman a 14-2 lead.

Landon Kay hit the fourth home run of the night for Furman when he sent a three-run roundtripper over the left-centerfield fence in the eighth inning.

Upstate tallied four runs in the ninth inning on a wild pitch, a two-run double from Carpenter and a sacrifice fly by Stephen Dowling.

Harry Norman pitched a predetermined two innings and earned the win to collect his first victory of the season. Dylan Parker (2-2) went the first 2.1 innings for Upstate and took the loss.

Carpenter led Upstate with three hits and three RBIs to post his sixth three-hit game and 10th multi-RBI game of the season. The Winter Springs, Fla., native leads Upstate with 33 RBIs and entered the game ranked eighth in the Atlantic Sun.

Upstate puts the finishing touches on its midweek competition Wednesday at 6 p.m. when the Spartans head across town to face Wofford from King Field.