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College of Charleston Cruises Past Furman, 14-6

Will Miller
Will Miller

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Cody Martin homered and drove in five runs and College of Charleston scored in each of the first six innings en route to a 14-6 Southern Conference victory over Furman Friday evening at Latham Stadium.

The win improved the Cougars to 10-3 on the season and 2-2 in SoCon play while the Paladins had their five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-6 overall on the campaign and 0-1 in the SoCon.

Martin went 3-for-5 to highlight a Cougar 15-hit attack that also featured a 3-for-6 performance by Marty Gantt and two-hit efforts by Dre Watts and Bradley Goodson.

Will Muzika paced Furman at the plate with three hits, two RBI, and two runs, and Will Miller had two doubles and scored twice.

CofC's solid run support made a winner of Josh Renfro (2-1), who allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings.  He fanned two.

Martin's two-run single in the first, which followed a Furman error, helped stake CofC to an early 3-0 lead.

The Cougars made it 4-0 in the second and in the third stretched it 5-0 on Martin's towering solo home run to dead center field off Paladin starting and losing pitcher Bobby Lyne, who was touched up for seven runs, five of which were earned, over four innings.  He walked one and struck out four.

Goodson opened the Cougar fifth with a triple off the left field fence and scored on another Paladin error to give CofC a 6-0 advantage.

Furman sliced the lead in half with a three-run fourth that featured five consecutive hits.

The Paladins made it a 7-5 game in the fifth on an RBI double by Miller, who stole third and later scored on an error.

That would be as close as Furman would get, however, as CofC answered with a four-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run single by Martin.

Brandon Glazer's pinch-hit two-run single in the eighth capped the offensive display for the Cougars.

Furman registered 12 hits but committed four errors, which led to four unearned runs.  Paladin pitchers also combined to hit five Cougar batters in the contest.

Saturday's game is a 4:00 p.m. start.