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College Of Charleston Rolls Past Furman In Series Opener, 13-3

David Webel
David Webel

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Danny Wondrack hit a pair of three-run home runs to power College of Charleston to a 13-3 win over Furman in the opening game of a three-game series at The Ballpark at Patriots Point on Friday evening.

The two teams will play game two of the series at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

With the College of Charleston leading 2-0, Chaz Davey doubled and Logan McRae drew a one-out walk off Paladin starting pitcher Matt Lazzaro (0-2). Wondrack followed with his first three-run home run, easily clearing the left field fence to stretch the advantage to 5-0.

The Cougars blew the game open in the seventh, roughing up Paladin relievers Jeremiah Garcia and Hank Nichols for six runs on five hits, highligted by a McRae two-run double and Wondrack's second three-run blast of the game that made it 11-0.

Furman got on the board in the eighth, plating three runs on a pinch-hit, two-run double by freshman Anthony Fontana and an RBI ground out by Justin Reid.

The College of Charleston tacked on their final two runs in the eighth on a Davey two-run home run.

The ample run support was more than enough for Cougar starting pitcher Griffin McLarty (3-2), who blanked Furman on four hits and struck out seven over seven innings.  The only trouble he faced came in the third inning after Jordan Starkes led off with a single to right center field and David Webel reached on a bunt single.  Following a sacrifice, McLarty struck out John Michael Boswell and Sterling Turmon to end the threat.

The Cougars banged out 12 hits, getting a 3-for-5, two-RBI performance from Davey.  Wondrack tallied six RBI on his two home runs.

Webel had two of Furman's seven hits.

Lazzaro was charged with five runs on six hits in six innings of work.  He walked two and struck out six.