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    DAVIDSON, N.C. — Ty Wright collected a home run, a double and three RBIs, while Jeremiah Parker stroked a three-run homer and drove in five runs to lead Georgia Southern to a 10-4 baseball victory over Davidson in the opener of a SoCon series at Wilson Field Friday night.
    The Eagles (19-17, 6-7 SoCon) used their running game to steal six bases and manufacture five runs. Danny Weiss was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs to lead Davidson (9-23, 1-12 SoCon) from the plate. Hugh Eden was 3-for-5 and scored two runs, while Chris FitzPatrick collected two hits.
    Wright took the first pitch of the game over the left field wall to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead, but the Wildcats came right back with two runs in the bottom of the first.
    Eden led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Weiss single with one out. Weiss scored on a Tommy Piacenza fielder’s choice when Eagle second baseman Jeremy Beckham missed the tag on Chase FitzPatrick moving to second base on a grounder.
    Wright reached on an error in the third, and after Davidson got two outs, the Wildcats thought they had the third on a Griffin Benedict groundout. But Benedict was given first on a catcher’s interference call, and Parker followed with a three-run homer to give the Eagles a 4-2 advantage.
    The Eagles made it 5-2 in the top of the fifth when Chris Shehan walked, stole second and scored on a Parker single. Davidson answered in the home half of the frame as Kayne walked, went to second and scored on Chris FitzPatrick’s single.
    Georgia Southern made the margin 6-3 when David Richardson walked, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sac fly in the sixth. Shehan walked, stole second and scored later on a sacrifice fly to make the cushion 7-3 in the seventh. The Eagles broke it open in the eighth as Wright plated two with a double and Benedict drove in a run with a single.
    Weiss made the final margin 10-4 with a two-out, RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.
    One of the bright spots for the ‘Cats was the return of Matt Webb to his regular position at shortstop. It was just the sophomore’s third start there this season as injuries have kept him out of the lineup. He combined with second baseman Zach Kayne for a pair of tough double plays in the first and second innings.
    Davidson and Georgia Southern will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wilson Field. The Wildcats will honor their five seniors prior to the first pitch of the contest.
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