DELAND, FLA. -- Andrew MacLatchie went 2-for-4, scored two runs, and belted a ninth inning home to propel Furman past Maine, 4-2, in the opening game of the Stetson Invitational Friday afternoon at Melching Field.
MacLatchie, a sophomore catcher from Charlotte, N.C., stroked a one-out single in the fifth inning and later scored to help Furman (4-5) rally to tie the game at 2-2. In the ninth he cracked a leadoff home run, his first of the season, over the left field fence to give the Paladins a two-run lead.
MacLatchie's production at the plate along with that of Greg Harrison, who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, proved to be the difference for the Paladins, who received four innings of no-hit relief pitching from Ryan Morse and Brant Masters to post the win and snap a four-game losing skid.
Furman starting and winning pitcher Alex Abrams (2-0) surrendered two runs on four hits in the second inning but recovered to shut out the Black Bears over the next three frames.
Abrams watched his teammates tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth on Harrison's two-out, two-run single through the left side that scored Sky Overton and MacLatchie.
An inning later Abrams, who also saw action as the designated hitter, drew a leadoff walk and came around to score the go-ahead run on a Griffin Davis pinch-hit RBI double down the left field line.
Morse pitched a perfect sixth before running into trouble in the seventh with three walks. The junior left-hander recovered, however, by getting Brian Doran on infield pop for the final out to preserve the 3-2 lead.
Morse issued his fourth walk to start the eighth before inducing Maine's Alex Calbick to hit into a double play and getting Scott Heath on a fly to end the inning.
After MacLatchie's solo shot gave Furman a 4-2 lead, Masters closed it by retiring the Black Bears in order in the bottom of the ninth for his second save of the year.
Both teams finished with seven hits. Shane Bussey led Maine (1-6), going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Abrams was charged with two runs on seven hits over five innings of work. He fanned three.
Maine starting pitcher Tommy Lawrence (0-3) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out nine.
Furman plays tournament host Stetson at 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Iowa at 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
Both games will be audio streamed by StretchAudio and presented through FurmanPaladins.com, with Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins", on the call. Fans in attendance can also pick up the broadcast via stadium transmitter at 105.9 FM.
Live stats will be presented through StatBroadcast with links available through FurmanPaladins.com, with twitter updates available @FurmanBaseball