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Mizell hits two bombs in GSU win

Mizell hits two bombs in GSU win

Mizell hits two bombs in GSU win

Georgia Southern outfielder Aaron Miz...


    Aaron Mizell started the season on fire, and hasn’t cooled off since.
    The junior-college transfer blasted his seventh and eighth home runs of the season and the Georgia Southern Eagles cruised to a 13-1 win over North Florida on Tuesday at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    Through 17 games, Mizell is batting .397 with 22 RBIs. He’s also belted four doubles and a triple.
    “He got a couple of pitches up in the zone that he was able to square up pretty good,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said about Mizell. “He is swinging the bat with some confidence right now.”
    The Eagles (15-2) are on an eight-game winning streak, matching the longest of 2013. They also snapped a two-game losing streak against UNF (6-8), which has won five of seven dating back to 2011.
    GSU starter Eric Alonzo got into trouble in each of the first two innings, but worked around a leadoff double with a pair of strikeouts and a ground ball in the first, and ended a first-and-third threat in the second with a popout to center.
    Alonzo retired the side in the third and fourth and struck out three in four innings of work.
    “It was a good team win,” Hennon said. “I thought Eric got us off to a good start. We gave up the leadoff double and then we had a balk to get a runner to third base. I thought we did a nice job to get out of that inning without giving anything up. We took some good swings early and jumped out to a lead. Overall we played pretty good baseball.”
    The Eagles threw a four spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first.
    Dalton Busby led off the game with a walk and stole second. He scored on an RBI single by Chase Griffin.
    Ryan Cleveland doubled to put runners on second and third, and Griffin scored on a double by Stryker Brown. Aaron Palmer, starting for the third time this season, cleared the bases with a single to put the Eagles up 4-0.
    The scoreboard turned again in the third when Garrett Chapman crushed a two-run home run to left, and a two run bomb by Mizell off UNF reliever Dan Vansickle in the fourth put the Eagles up 8-0.
    UNF starter Bryan Baker was tagged with six runs on five hits in three innings, with three walks and no strikeouts.
    The Ospreys loaded the bases in the sixth and came up empty off GSU reliever Jason Richman, and touched the dish in the seventh with a bases-loaded single by Ty Kelly off relief pitcher Avery Fagan.
    The Eagles added five runs in the bottom of the eighth, including another two-run shot by Mizell.   
NOTES: Jason Richman, who pitched a scoreless inning in the sixth, made his 12th appearance in 17 games for GSU. … Mizell extended his hitting streak to 10 games. … Busby has reached base in every game this season, and Brown extended his reached-base streak to 16 games. … The Eagles wrapped a 14-game homestand, which was extended by mid-week rainouts each of the last two weeks. The Eagles will head on the road for the first time since the season-opening series at Georgia, which wrapped up on Feb. 16. They will open Southern Conference play in a three-game series at Elon beginning Friday. … Announced attendance was 1,203.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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