Central Connecticut State catcher Nick Garland belted a pair of homers to power the Blue Devils to a 10-2 win at Furman Saturday afternoon at Latham Stadium. Garland went 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs, while T.T. Bowens and Peyton Stephens had three hits apiece for CCSU.
Brandon Elmy's RBI-double gave Furman a 1-0 lead in the first before the Blue Devils stormed back with two runs in the second and four in the third. Garland's two-run homer was the big blow in the third.
Mike Appel allowed two runs on four hits in six innings to get the win. Appel (2-0) had two walks and seven strikeouts. Jared Gallagher allowed one hit in three shutout innings of relief for his first save. He had no walks and five strikeouts.
Furman freshman Matt Lazzaro (0-2) gave up nine runs, six earned, on 12 hits in seven innings to suffer the loss. He had one walk and four strikeouts.
Ben Anderson went 2-for-3 and scored both runs for the Paladins (5-5).
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
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