GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Winners of three of its last four games, Furman's baseball team will shoot to extend its new-found momentum this weekend when it travels to Charleston to take of the College of Charleston in a three-game series.
Friday's opener at The Ballpark At Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant is set for 6:00 p.m., and Saturday's contest is a 2:00 p.m. start. First pitch for Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
All three games will sport video live streams, as well as Furman Stretch audio, with the "Voice of the Paladins" Dan Scott on the call. Links for both video and audio streams, as well as StatBroadcast live stats, are available thru FurmanPaladins.com.
Furman's starting pitching rotation will feature sophomore left-hander Matt Lazzaro (0-1, 5.68 ERA) in Friday's opener, followed by freshman right-hander Rob Hughes (2-0, 0.00 ERA), who will make his starting debut on Saturday. David Dunlavey (1-3, 7.32 ERA), a redshirt junior right-hander, will toe the rubber on Sunday.
Hughes earned the promotion into the weekend rotation following eight strong relief outings, including a stint of 3 1/3 innings in a recent 3-1 loss to Clemson that saw him strike out seven Tigers. The Rock Hill, S.C., product has registered 22 strikeouts in 15 innings of work, and opponents are hitting just .083 against him.
Furman (5-9) got its week off to a good start by topping Ohio State, 11-10, on Monday, getting a John Michael Boswell walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat the Buckeyes. On Wednesday, the Paladins struck for four first inning runs behind a three-run Logan Taplett home run en route to a 7-4 road win over USC Upstate. Battling leadoff for the first time this season, redshirt sophomore David Webel also contributed in a big way in the victory with two doubles, a walk, and two runs against the Spartans.
The College of Charleston (10-6), a 9-1 loser to Charleston Southern on Wednesday, has lost four of its last five games, including two of three on the road last weekend at Arizona.
The Cougars raced past Furman, 15-6, last year in Greenville. The Paladins' last win over CofC, a 9-7 walk-offvictory at Latham Stadium, came in 2016.
CofC holds a 45-34-1 lead in the series with Furman, its former Southern Conference rival.
This weekend's series marks a homecoming of sorts for Paladin head coach Brett Harker, who starred for three seasons (2003-05) on the mound for the Cougars. He twice garnered first team All-Southern Conference accolades as a reliever and earned SoCon Pitcher of the Year and Louisville Slugger All-America laurels as a junior. His stellar work helped the Cougars to consecutive 47-16 and 48-15 campaigns and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances his sophomore and junior campaigns. Harker set a school season record with 15 saves and finished his CofC tenure with a program record 29 saves. In 2014 he was inducted into the College of Charleston's Wall of Fame.
Furman faces South Carolina at Fluor Field next Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. before opening Southern Conference play at Samford next Friday.
Hunter Reid, Sports Information