April 11, 2010
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 26th-ranked College of Charleston Cougars overcame an early 4-1 deficit by scoring 12 unanswered runs en route to a 19-5 win over Furman in Sunday's Southern Conference baseball series finale at Latham Stadium.
The win helped the College of Charleston (24-10, 9-6 SoCon) avoid a series sweep by Furman (11-21, 5-10 SoCon) and snap a six-game losing skid against the Paladins in Greenville.
Cole Rakar paced the Cougars' 15-hit attack with a 4-for-6 performance. The junior center fielder reached base seven times and scored twice while driving in a pair of runs.
Rob Kral went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI, and three runs scored, and Colby Epley had a pair of hits, including a three-run double in a five-run seventh. Dre Watts stepped in for Epley in the ninth and belted a pinch-hit three-run home run.
Furman pitchers hit seven Cougar batters and issued nine walks, and the Paladins committed five errors in the contest, which consumed three hours and 26 minutes of a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
The heavy run support helped College of Charleston starter David Paterson (4-2) record the win. He allowed four runs on eight hits, walked one, and struck out three over 6 2/3 innings.
The loss was charged to Daniel Stallsmith, who allowed seven runs, plunked four batters, and issued two walks over four innings.
Stallsmith surrendered a run in the first after working out of a bases loaded, no-out situation.
A Will Muzika RBI triple helped Furman take a 4-1 lead in the third, but from that point it was all College of Charleston.
CofC answered with a four runs in the fourth on the strength of a two-run double by Matt Leeds that gave the Cougars a 5-4 lead.
A Rakar RBI double keyed a two-run fifth, and Rob Kral's 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to right field in the sixth, made it 8-4.
The Cougars' onslaught continued with a five-run seventh that included Epley's two-out, three-run double to right field off Paladin reliever Matt Plate.
CofC finished off its big offensive afternoon by scoring six runs in the ninth on the strength of Watts' pinch-hit three-run blast to left center field off Furman's Mike Waller.
Furman will entertain Presbyterian on Wednesday in a 7:00 p.m. game at Latham Stadium.
Live statistical updates will be available via Gametracker through www.furmanpaladins.com.