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Georgia Rally Sinks Furman, 10-6

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ATHENS, GA. -- Tucker Maxwell's two-out, three-run home run highlighted a six-run fifth inning that propelled Georgia past Furman, 10-6, in baseball action Tuesday evening at Foley Field.

The loss drops Furman to 27-25 on the season heading into Thursday's non-conference contest at Belmont, which opens a three-game series that will conclude the Paladins' regular season leading up to next week's Southern Conference Tournament at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.

Georgia improves to 23-30 with the victory.

Furman grabbed a 4-1 lead after scoring a pair of runs in the first and third innings, but it didn't last long as Georgia answered with two runs in its turn at the plate in the third to make it a 4-3 game.

In the Bulldog fifth, the Paladins' Rutty Jones entered in relief of Tyler Kimbrell with two runners on base and came within a strike of getting out of a bases loaded jam, but Georgia first baseman Adam Sasser's ground ball to first base was misplayed by Brandon Elmy but scored a base hit, allowing Cam Shepherd to score and tie the game.  Will Proctor then stroked the next pitch from Jones into left field to score two more runs, and Maxwell followed with a three-run blast to right field to cap the six-run frame and put Georgia in control, 9-4.

The Paladins tallied a run in eighth on Cameron Whitehead's solo home run to center field and an Elmy RBI single in the ninth.

Whitehead paced Furman offensively, going 3-for-4 with the circuit clout, double, and two RBI.  Elmy had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Paladins, who finished with 11 hits.  Whitehead's roundtripper was his 11th of the season, tying him with Elmy for the team lead.

Georgia had 16 hits, led by Tucker Bradley and Shepherd, both of whom went 3-for-5.

Furman used eight pitchers in the contest and Georgia seven.

The win went to Justin Glover (1-2), who pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth and was the beneficiary of the Bulldogs' big fifth inning.

Tyler Kimbrell (1-1) absorbed the loss, surrendering two runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.