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WCU takes series from struggling Eagles

WCU takes series from struggling Eagles

WCU takes series from struggling Eagles

    CULLOWHEE, N.C. —Jacob Hoyle drove in the game-winning run in the eighth inning, and Preston Hatcher tossed a scoreless ninth inning as the Western Carolina Catamounts topped the Georgia Southern Eagles 9-8 on Saturday.
    Georgia Southern (21-18, 10-10 Southern Conference) rallied from a four-run deficit to tie the game with a two-run eighth inning. The Eagles, however, left the bases loaded in the inning after Hatcher recorded a ground out.
    WCU (25-16, 14-6 SoCon) tallied three hits in the eighth inning, and Aaron Attaway scored a run after Hoyle drove a ball through the right side off of reliever Kyle Rowe. Rowe (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing one run on three hits.

The two teams combined for 17 runs and 28 hits. The Eagles finished with 12 hits and were led by Robbie Dodds' four singles. Chase Griffin added a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Zac Lenns and Tyler Avera also had multi-hit days at the plate. Adam Martin and Tyler White led Western Carolina, who finished with 16 hits, with three hits and two RBIs.

After the Catamounts opened the scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tyler White in the first inning, GSU took a two-run lead heading into the fourth inning after Chase Griffin plated a pair of runs with a base hit back up the middle.

Western Carolina scored a combined seven runs over the middle three innings and led 8-4 after six innings. Adam Martin plated a pair of runs in the fourth with a double, while Julian Ridings scored two more in the sixth on a triple down the right field line.

The Eagles scored two runs in the seventh inning before tying the game with two more in the eighth. Dodds led off the seventh with a base hit to left field and scored three batters later after Zac Lenns reached base on a two-out error. Tyler Avera scored Lenns from second base with a single.

Neither starter factored into the decision after GSU tied the game. Jason Richman went six innings for the Eagles but allowed eight runs on 11 hits, while Morgan McKinney allowed four runs and struck out seven batters.

The SoCon Series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Hennon Stadium.

NOTES: The loss extends Georgia Southern's losing streak to seven games... Western Carolina's winning streak now sits at six games... Chase Griffin's two RBIs were his first since April 7 at Appalachian State... Robbie Dodds tied a career-high with four hits... Cole Watson tied a career-high with two walks.

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