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Furman Splits Friday Doubleheader With Harvard: 2-6, 7-6

Furman and Harvard split a Friday doubleheader.

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Anderson doubled, homered, and drove in three runs and Furman held on the beat Harvard, 7-6, to gain a split in a Friday afternoon baseball seven-inning doubleheader at Latham Stadium.

The Crimson won the first game, 6-2.

Furman (12-7) will go for the series win on Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

Anderson, who went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs in Thursday's 16-3 series opening win, torched Harvard in Friday's game two, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.  He led off the Furman first with his second home run of the series to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead.  An inning later the freshman center fielder stroked an RBI single for a 3-0 lead, and in the fourth drilled a double into the right center field to score Jabari Richards to put Furman up, 6-0.

Harvard (7-10) battled back with a three-run home run in the sixth from Buddy Mrowka and threatened to tie the game in the seventh.  Trailing 7-3, the Crimson greeted Paladin reliever Austin Wood with back-to-back home runs from Ben Skinner and Deven Peterson, whose deep fly to center field was gloved by Anderson before a collision with the wall jarred the ball loose and over the structure for the home run.

Wood's replacement, Tyler Kimbrell, walked the first two batters he faced before rallying to strike out pinch hitter Chase Aldridge looking and retiring Austin Black on a fly ball.  Matt Rothenberg pulled Harvard to within 7-6 with a single to left field to score Jake Suddleson, but Kimbrell ended the threat by striking out Mrowka to notch his third save.

Furman built a 6-0 lead behind starting pitcher Matt Lazzaro (2-2), who shut out the Crimson over the first 5 2/3 innings  before Mrowka belted a three-run shot.  Lazzaro kept it a three-run lead by fanning Tommy Seidl to end the inning.  The Paladin freshman left-hander, who beat Michigan State in his previous start last Friday at Fluor Field, allowed three runs on seven hits in his six innings of work.  He walked two and struck out four.

All seven Furman runs came at the expense of Crimson starter Kevin Stone (2-2), who followed up Anderson's leadoff home run in the first by yielding a solo shot to Sims Griffith.  He was charged with seven runs on 10 hits and walked two.

Bret Huebner joined Anderson in the three-hit club, going 3-for-3 and collecting two RBI.

Harvard matched Furman with 10 hits in the second game, banging out three home runs.  Ben Skinner paced the Crimson with a 3-for-4 performance that included the long ball to start the Harvard seventh.

In Friday's first game Harvard pitcher Simon Rosenbluem-Larson mastered Furman, going the distance in the seven-inning contest, allowing just three hits and two runs, one of which was earned, and walk while striking out 11 in the 6-2 triumph.

Rosenblum-Larson (1-0) didn't allow a hit until the fourth and was in near total command throughout.  He sported a 4-0 lead until the fourth before an error and two hits saw Furman get on the board with a Landon Kay RBI single.  Rosenblum-Larson checked the threat, however, by rolling an inning ending double play.

The Crimson got all the runs they could need from Matt Rothenberg, who hit a pair of home runs beginning with a solo shot in the second inning off Paladin starting pitcher Grant Schuermann for a 2-0 lead, and later a two-run blast to left field in the fourth that stretched the advantage to 4-0.  Rothenberg went 3-for-3 and also scored twice.

Elmy had two of Furman's three hits.

Schuermann (2-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering six runs, four earned, on seven hits over six innings.  He walked two and fanned seven.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information