Georgia Southern 3, Charleston Southern 2
Charleston Southern’s Harrison Wilkins was 2 for 3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning to pull the Bucs within one, but Georgia Southern held on for a 3-2 win on Tuesday at CSU Ballpark.
CSU (11-21) plays again at 6 p.m. today at USC Upstate.
Georgia Southern (20-11) stranded 18 runner and CSU nine.
Wilkins ripped his second home run of the season in the ninth as CSU cut GSU’s lead to 3-2 in the ninth. The Bucs could not get anything going after that against Eagles closer, Matt McCall, who picked up his fourth save.
Georgia Southern jumped to an early 2-0 lead and made it stand up.
The Eagles’ Scooter Williams reached on a single on a diving stop by Jaren Sustar, which saved a double at the time, and scored as Bucs’ starter Chase Shelton (0-1) issued a bases-loaded walk later in the first inning. They grabbed their second run in the second inning as Zac Lenns doubled and scored.
CSU broke into the scoring column with an RBI double from John Faircloth in the sixth. Faircloth curled his second hit of the day into the right-field corner to score Zack Hagaman, who drew a leadoff walk and cut the lead to 2-1.
GSU scored its final run in the sixth as Ben Morgan walked and scored as he stole second and the ball ricocheted off his helmet and into left centerfield.
Robbie Dodds was 3 for 4 with an RBI for GSU.
Faircloth was 2 for 4 for the Bucs along with Wilkins two hits.
GSU starter Josh Stevenson (1-2) picked up his first win of the season with six solid innings of work.
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