On the same windy day Furman senior third baseman Chris Ohmstede became the top slugger in school history, VMI spoiled the celebration by outslugging the Paladins twice Saturday.
Ohmstede tied, then broke the school’s all-time record in the first game of a doubleheader at Latham Stadium, but VMI hit four home runs in a 13-10 win. Ohmstede homered again in the nightcap to help Furman reach double figures in runs again, but VMI clubbed six more homers in a 12-11 victory.
The doubleheader sweep gives the Keydets (9-16, 4-5 Southern Conference) the series win after the Paladins (13-16, 3-6) won the opening game Friday night.
•After being hit by pitches twice and walking in his first plate appearances Saturday, Ohmstede homered in his last two at-bats to become Furman’s all-time leader with 36 in his career.
Down 2-0, Furman had two quick outs in the first before Griffin Davis singled and Ohmstede was hit by a pitch. Jordan Simpson then launched his team-leading eighth home run to give the Paladins their only lead.
The lead didn’t last long as VMI tied it in the second and Tyler Tharp gave the Keydets the lead for good with a leadoff homer in the third. Later in the inning, Thomas Stallings added a two-run home run. Stallings, who was 10-for-47 this season entering Saturday, went 4-for-5 for the Keydets.
After VMI broke the game open with a five-run seventh, Furman answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning. The frame was highlighted by Ohmstede’s two-run homer, which tied Brent Williams’ career record of 35.
Cameron Whitehead’s two-run double capped the rally and cut the Keydets’ lead to 11-9.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Ohmstede’s record-breaking home run sliced VMI’s lead to 13-10, but the Paladins didn’t threaten the rest of the way.
Furman freshman left-handed starter Grant Schuermann (2-1) allowed six runs on five hits in 22/3 innings to suffer his first loss.
•Stallings had three more hits, including a pair of home runs, to lead VMI in the nightcap. During the seven-hour span of Saturday’s games, Stallings batting average went from .213 to .298.
VMI had 16 home runs in 23 games this season prior to Saturday’s 10.
Ohmstede’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth in game two cut VMI’s lead to 10-8.
The Keydets answered with two runs in the top of the seventh, before Furman came back with three in the bottom of the inning.
Freshman Blake Chisolm led off the seventh with his first collegiate home run before freshman Brandon Elmy followed with his first collegiate homer. Two outs later, Carter Grote singled and ended up stealing home pull the Paladins within one at 12-11.
Once again, Furman couldn’t score off VMI closer Taylor Edens the rest of the way. Edens threw 32/3 combined scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out five to earn saves in both games.
Furman freshman starter Will Gaddis (2-3) gave up five runs on six hits in 22/3 innings to take the loss. The Paladins used a total of 10 pitchers Saturday and they combined to throw 367 pitches.
Furman returns to action Monday hosting Winthrop at 5 p.m.