Ben Anderson and Bret Huebner had three hits apiece and Furman held on for a 7-6 win over Harvard to split a pair of seven-inning games Friday at Latham Stadium. After scoring 16 runs in the series opener on Thursday, the Paladins' bats were silenced in the first game Friday as Harvard won 6-2.
After four hits, five RBIs and a leadoff home run in Thursday's win, Anderson led off the second game Friday with his second career homer. On the next pitch, Sims Griffith hit his first homer of the season and Furman led 2-0 after one.
Anderson added an RBI-single in the second, then capped a three-run fourth with an RBI-double that pushed the lead to 6-0.
Furman starter Matt Lazzaro threw 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball before Harvard's Buddy Mrowka hit a three-run homer to cut the lead in half. The Paladins (12-7) added what turned out to be an important insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI-single by Huebner.
Trailing 7-3 in the seventh, the Crimson (7-10) greeted Furman reliever Austin Wood with back-to-back home runs. Tyler Kimbrell came in and allowed another run as Harvard cut the lead to 7-6. With the potential tying run at second, Kimbrell struck out Mrowka to end the game and earn his third save. Lazzaro (2-2) allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. The freshman had two walks and four strikeouts.
In Friday's opener, Harvard starter Simon Rosenblum-Larson dominated the Paladins going all seven innings. Rosenblum-Larson (1-0) allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits. He had one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Matt Rotherburg led the Crimson offensively as he went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs.
Brandon Elmy had two of Furman's three hits, along with a run scored and an RBI.
Paladin starter Grant Schuermann gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits in six innings. He had two walks and seven strikeouts.
Furman will try to take the series win when the series wraps up Saturday at 1 p.m.
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