The 30th Southern Conference tournament got underway Wednesday and saw great weather for the first three games, but the final game of the first round, College of Charleston vs. Georgia Southern, saw heavy rain before the game was able to start, having to be postponed until 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
In the first game of round two, No. 5 Appalachian State will play No. 8 Samford. Appalachian State lost its first round match-up to No. 4 seed The Citadel, 6-5. Down the entire game, the Mountaineers' Hector Crespo tied the ballgame up at 5 runs with one crack of the bat in the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, however, Mauldin native Joe Jackson smacked a walk-off home run for The Citadel to send Appalachian State to the losers bracket.
Samford was routed in its game against No. 1 seed Western Carolina, 13-7, despite a late rally attempt. Down 13-3 in the ninth, Samford did its best to get back into the game scoring four runs, but Western Carolina's five home runs, including two by Adam Martin, proved to be too much.
The Citadel will play Western Carolina in the 5 p.m. game Thursday night after Wednesday's victories.
In the 1:30 p.m. matchup, No. 3 Elon will take the loser of the Georgia Southern vs. College of Charleston game. Elon got knocked around by Furman in the opening round, losing 10-1. Elon's lone run came in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Chris Schaedel hit a single to score junior Antonio Alvarez. Furman's offense started quickly with an RBI triple by junior Greg Harrison. The Paladins also received contributions in the form of home runs from sophomore Chris Ohmstede and freshman Jordan Simpson. Junior Alex Abrams also knocked in three runs for the Paladins.
Furman will play the winner of the postponed game at 8 p.m. Thursday night.