GREENVILLE, S.C. - The College of Charleston offense struck fire for a season-best 14 runs on 15 hits to lead the Cougars over Furman, 14-6, in Southern Conference action.
The Cougars (10-3, 2-2) had runners safely reach base in every inning, and tallied runs in all but the seventh and ninth innings in the offensive outburst. Furman (8-6, 0-1) lost its first game in SoCon play in 2012.
Junior Cody Martin led the way with a home run and five RBIs on a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Redshirt-sophomore Daniel Aldrich scored three runs, while senior Marty Gantt went 3-for-6 on the day with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
Senior Josh Renfro (2-1) earned his second win of the season with 5.0 IP, five earned runs and two strikeouts. Furman's Bobby Lyne (2-2) picked up a loss as he gave up seven runs, five earned, through four innings. The Paladins committed four errors on the game.
Senior Nick Osterman pitched three strong innings, allowing just one run and striking out two, while Derrick Smith finished the ninth inning with two strikeouts.
The Cougars wasted no time finding the scoreboard in the first inning, posting three runs on three hits. In his first start as the leadoff hitter, Rob Harding drew a walk and advanced to second on a single by Brandon Murray. Daniel Aldrich popped a ball up to short left field that was dropped and the Paladins threw out Harding at third.
The Paladins' shortstop muffed the next play by booting a potential double play ball from Gantt that loaded the bases with one out. Martin cleared the bases with a single to center to score Murray and Aldrich, and then Gantt scored as Martin became caught in a rundown between first and second. Martin's play gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
Gunnar Heidt led off the second inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jimmy Holton. Harding scored Heidt on a groundout for Harding's 13th RBI of the season to make it 4-0.
Martin continued the CofC scoring in the third inning as he blasted a solo home run straight to center field that landed in the batter's eye. The homer was Martin's team-best third of the season, and made the margin 5-0.
Bradley Goodson opened the fourth inning with a triple to the left field wall. Goodson then scored on a hard hit ball from Harding that was misplayed by Furman's Hunter Burton to make the score 6-0.
The Paladins finally came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning, stringing together five hits in a row, including two doubles, to score three runs and cut the lead to 6-3. Will Muzika, Paul Nitto and Harrison Farmer all tallied RBIs.
After a run by the Cougars in the top of the fifth, Furman continued its offensive rhythm with a triple and double followed by a Cougar error to score two more runs and cut the CofC lead to 7-5.
College of Charleston continued its streak of scoring a run in every inning with a four-run sixth frame. CofC loaded the bases on a grounder from Aldrich that the first baseman threw wide in a double play attempt. Gantt singled to left where Furman's Will Owens dropped the ball and Harding and Murray scored with Gantt advancing to second. Martin tallied two more RBIs by singling home Aldrich and Gantt to make the score 11-5.
The Cougars picked up three more runs in the top of the eighth inning, including two coming off the bat of pinch-hitter Brandon Glazer who singled up the middle to score Harding and Heidt.
The Cougars and Paladins will continue the three-game set with a 4 p.m. start on Saturday afternoon.