April 9, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Ian Parry pitched his best game of the season and his teammates combined to club five home runs en route to an 11-3 win over 26th-ranked College of Charleston in Southern Conference baseball action Friday evening at Latham Stadium.
Parry, a senior right-hander from Naples, Fla., tamed the Cougars' bats over eight strong innings, allowing only three hits and a run while walking two and fanning eight, to help Furman (10-20, 4-9 SoCon) post its fifth consecutive victory over College of Charleston (23-9, 8-5 SoCon) in Greenville.
Parry (2-3) surrendered a solo home run in the second, a single in the third, and a double in the fourth before holding the Cougars hitless over his final four frames and striking out the side in the seventh. His eight innings matched a career high.
He was supported by a potent Paladin offense that pounded out 15 hits, including five home runs. Will Owens, Aaron Thompkins, Will Muzika, Will Miller, and J.B. Jenkins all went deep for the Paladins, who now have 42 home runs on the season. Last year Furman recorded 45 roundtrippers in 55 games.
Batting leadoff, Owens hit the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the first inning over the left field fence on the way to a 3-for-5 performance.
Jenkins belted a one-out solo shot in the second to put Furman ahead 2-1, and three batters later Aaron Thompkins directed a pitch by Cougar starting pitcher Christian Powell (4-2) to right center field and out of the ballpark for a two-run blast that extended the advantage to 4-1.
Leading 5-1 after three, the Paladins blew the game open with a six-run fourth, highlighted by a two-run clout by Muzika, his ninth of the year and part of his 3-for-5, 3-RBI evening, and three-run shot to left field by Miller on the first offering he saw from College of Charleston reliever Robert Jeroszko.
Eight of the Paladins' nine starters scratched in the hit column and all nine scored.
Greg Blake had two of College of Charelston's five hits, including a two-run home run in the ninth off Paladin reliever Kevin Gottlieb.
The two teams play game two of the series Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Live statistical updates will be available via Gametracker through www.furmanpaladins.com.