Furman scored four times in the sixth to snap a 4-4 tie, and the Paladins held on for an 8-6 victory over The Citadel in the final game of a Southern Conference series at Riley Park.
Jake Jones singled in Hunter Burton with one out in the sixth to give Furman (17-25, 7-10 SoCon) the lead for good. Chris Ohmstede made it 7-4 with his second two-run double of the afternoon, and Griffin Davis walked with the bases loaded to cap the decisive inning.
The Bulldogs (18-26, 4-16) had chances to pull out the win and complete a weekend sweep. In the seventh, Bo Thompson's deep drive to left center was caught at the wall, and Hughston Armstrong was caught in a rundown between third and home on a double by Tyler Griffin.
The Citadel cut its deficit in half in the eighth. A walk to Drew DeKerlegand and singles by Johnathan Stokes and Calvin Orth loaded the bases with nobody out against reliever Alex Abrams, but the Bulldogs had to settle for two runs on a pair of ground outs.
Abrams then set down The Citadel in order in the ninth. Paladin starter Tyler Wood overcame a shaky start to work six innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs with four strikeouts, to move to 5-1 on the year.
Austin Livingston took the loss for the Bulldogs. He surrendered 11 hits and all eight Furman runs while fanning six in 5.1 innings. The Citadel bullpen kept the Bulldogs in the game with 3.2 shutout innings including a pair of scoreless frames by Zach Lavery, who struck out two.
A wild start saw both teams knock out four hits in the first with Furman grabbing a 3-2 lead. It took only five pitches for the Paladins to get their four hits, with Burton tripling on the first pitch of the game and scoring on a single by Jones. Greg Harrison doubled and Ohmstede had the first of his big two-base hits to bring home a pair of runs.
In the bottom of the frame, Mason Davis walked and stole his 22nd base of the year. He scored on a Thompson single, and DeKerlegand knocked in Thompson with a base hit to pull the Bulldogs within one.
Harrison singled in a run in the second to make it 4-2, and Stokes and Orth had RBI singles in the third for the final runs until Furman broke it open in the sixth.
Stokes led a 13-hit Citadel attack with three hits, and five Bulldogs had two. Jones and Harrison both had four hits for the Paladins, whose top four batters in the lineup went 13 for 20 with seven runs scored and seven RBI. Burton had three hits and stole his nation-leading 33rd base of the year.
The Citadel is off for final exams next week before returning to SoCon play against Wofford at Riley Park beginning Friday at 4 p.m.