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Furman defeats Ohio State in extra innings
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/11/2019
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Furman's Jabari Richards
Courtesy: Southern Conference

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- John Michael Boswell cranked a one-out, solo home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Furman an 11-10 victory over Ohio State in Monday baseball action at Latham Stadium.

Boswell's game winning blast came after Furman (4-9) took advantage of two Ohio State throwing errors in the ninth to score a pair of runs that tied the game at 10-10.

With the Paladins trailing 10-8 with one out and a runner at first base in the ninth, Buckeye pitcher Will Pfennig fielded a comebacker off the bat of MJ Sasapan but threw wildly to second base on the force attempt.  Ohio State shortstop Noah West collected the errant throw and his throw to first base went into the stands, allowing runners to advance to second and third.  Pinch hitter Anthony Fontana drove home Bret Heubner with a groundout to make it 10-9, and David Webel followed with infield single to shortstop to score Sasapan and tie the game.

Rob Hughes (2-0) came on to pitch the 10th for Furman and worked around a walk to send the game into the bottom of the frame, when Boswell deposited a 1-1 offering from Pfennig well up onto the hill above the left field wall for the game winner.

Boswell went 3-for-5 and scored three runs in the contest, whose start was delayed 30 minutes due to rain.

Ohio State took advantage of a Paladin error to grab a 3-0 first inning lead, but Furman answered with a five-run  third, highlighted by a two-run double by Logan Taplett .

Using a two-run home run by Brady Cherry, the Buckeyes put their own five-spot on the board in the fifth, banging out six hits in the frame and chasing Paladin starting pitcher Nik Verbeke on the way to an 8-5 lead.

The Paladins tallied a pair of runs in the fifth on a Taplett home run, his second of the season, and an RBI single by Webel.

Ohio State loaded the bases in the seventh but pushed across only one run after Paladin relief pitcher Eric Taylor came on to get the final two outs and strike out Marcus Ernst to end the threat.

Taylor went on to blank the Buckeyes in the seventh and eight and record three strikeouts in 2 2/3 inning of no-hit, shutout work.

Furman banged out 14 hits in the game with Taplett's 3-for-4, four RBI, two-run performance matching Boswell's three hits.

Ohio State had 15 hits, headed up by a 4-for-4 performance by Connor Pohl, who also reached base twice after being hit by pitches.

Pfenning (0-1) was charged with the loss, yielding three runs, two of which were unearned, on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Furman plays at USC Upstate on Wednesday.

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