GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Anderson went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs to help power Furman to a 16-3 series opening victory over Harvard Thursday evening at Latham Stadium.
The win was the eight in the last 10 games for Furman (11-6), which will battle Harvard (6-9) in a Friday seven-inning doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. The two teams will conclude the four-game series with a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday.
Anderson, a freshman outfielder, belted his first career home run in the second inning to give the Paladins a 1-0 lead, stroked a two-run single in the third inning, singled again in the the sixth, and capped his performance with an RBI double in a five-run seventh as Furman broke open a 4-3 game by combining to score 12 runs in its last two turns at the plate.
Bret Huebner went 3-for-5, drove in a pair of runs, and scored three times, and Sims Griffith, Jake Crawford, Brandon Elmy, and Jabari Richards each posted two hits for the Paladins, who battered Crimson pitching for 17 hits.
Harvard starting and losing pitcher Noah Zavolas (1-1) kept the Crimson in the game over six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. The right-hander yielded the four runs in the first two innings before checking the Paladins over the next four frames and striking out eight before departing. Harvard's bullpen was tagged for 12 of the 17 runs.
Paladin starter Trent Alley (2-0) worked five innings to collect the victory, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned six.
Furman junior right-hander Heath Hawkins made his season debut, working two innings and escaping his own bases loaded situation in the sixth.
Patrick McColl hit a three-run home run in the fifth to pull Harvard to within 4-3.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information