GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Nick Garland homered twice in a 4-for-5 performance to lead Central Connecticut State to a 10-2 win over Furman in Saturday afternoon baseball action at Latham Stadium.
The win improved Central Connecticut State to 2-3 on the season while Furman saw its record drop to 5-5 with the loss. The two teams complete the three-game series Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Garland doubled in a two-run second inning to give CCSU a 2-1 lead, belted a two-run home run to center field in a four-run third, and finished off his big day with a leadoff home run in the seventh as the Blue Devils pounded Furman pitching for 15 hits. Peyton Stephens had three hits and scored two runs, and TT Bowens also collected three hits and two RBI for the Blue Devils.
CCSU's big day at the plate supported solid pitching by junior right-hander Mike Appel (1-0), who worked six innings, allowing four hits, two runs, and a pair of walks. He struck out seven. Appel's replacement, Jared Gallagher, hurled three inning of one-hit, shutout ball while striking out five to earn his first save of the campaign.
Furman managed just five hits, with freshman Ben Anderson accounting for two of them in a 2-for-3 performance. Anderson scored both Furman runs, giving the Paladins a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Brandon Elmy's RBI double.
CCSU plated a pair of unearned runs in the second against Paladin freshman starter Matt Lazzaro to take the lead and made it 6-1 in the third, scoring four runs on five hits, highlighted by Garland's two-run blast that cleared the wall in center field.
Lazzaro (0-2) took the loss after allowing nine runs, six of which were earned, on 12 hits over seven innings. He walked one and fanned four.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information