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    Georgia Southern scored 11 unanswered runs during the middle innings to defeat Georgia State 13-9 Wednesday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles (24-22 overall) completed the two-game sweep of their in-state rival.
    The Panthers (20-22) jumped on the board quickly in the first inning with Charlie Pelt’s second home run of the series, and 10th this season, a 2-run shot to right field.
    Chris Shehan knocked the first of his two doubles in the game to start the bottom of the second. Will Southwell lined a single to centerfield. Shehan scored the Eagles’ first run when Eric Suttle bobbled the ball. Brian Pierce hit a grounder that went through the legs of shortstop Chase Childers, allowing Southwell to tie the game.
    Georgia State plated four runs in the fourth inning, but some clutch two-out hitting during the Eagles’ half of the frame tied the game. Southwell and Pierce singled and Beckham got hit by a pitch loaded the bases. Relief pitcher Joel Reeves (2-1) got the second out of the inning before Matt Miller lined a 2-run double down the right field line. Jeremiah Parker delivered a single to left field that tied the game.
    Shehan led off the fifth hitting his second double, number 14 this season for the sophomore third baseman. He eventually scored on Pierce’s single with two outs.
    The Eagles broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six times. Mike Economos doubled down the left field line to start the inning. Miller greeted Robert Hasenfelt by taking his first pitch over the right field fence. Parker scored when the Eagles hit into a double play.
    A wild pitch brought home the fourth run of the inning., then Economos delivered a 2-run single to centerfield extending the lead to 13-6.
    Miller finished 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs, including his second home run this year and team-leading 16th double. Economos finished 2-for-2 with two RBI while Shehan added two hits and scored twice. Richardson went 2-for-5 as six different Eagles turned in a multi-hit effort. Southwell tied his personal-high with three hits and scored three runs. Parker added three hits and two RBI as the Eagles banged out 16 hits in the game.
    Georgia Southern continues its current eight-game stretch at J.I. Clements Stadium this weekend, facing Wofford in a three-game Southern Conference series. The series is set to begin Friday night at 7 p.m.

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