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The Citadel blows 4 run lead, Eagles win

The Citadel blows 4 run lead, Eagles win

The Citadel blows 4 run lead, Eagles win

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Georgia Southern Eagles rallied from a four-run deficit to take the series opener from The Citadel Bulldogs 7-4 at Joe Riley Park.
    Georgia Southern (22-10, 5-5 SoCon) batted around in the sixth inning and tied the game at 4-4 on Kody Adams' bases loaded walk. A hit batter in Aaron Mizell sparked the rally and the Eagles scored four runs on two hits and three walks.
    Ben Morgan drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning from Citadel (13-18, 1-9) reliever David Rivera to take a 5-4 lead, a lead GSU would never relinquish. The Eagles scored again in the inning on Dalton Busby's RBI fielder's choice.
    "It was good to come back. I am very proud of our team," GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. "I thought Sam Howard did a nice job of hanging in there and giving us an opportunity.  We were a little bit opportunistic. It all started there with that hit by pitch in the sixth inning. I thought our guys did a good job of not trying to do too much."
    The rally gave Sam Howard his fourth win of the season.
    Howard (4-3) allowed four runs – three earned – over six innings. The junior righthander gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out four on 99 pitches.
Matt McCall limited the Bulldogs to just one base runner over the final three innings to pick up his sixth save. McCall (6) struck out three and did not allow a hit or a walk in his 20th outing of the season.

"I thought Matt looked pretty good tonight and did a nice job throwing strikes," Hennon said.

Mizell added on to the Eagles' lead with an eighth inning RBI single past the diving glove of the drawn-in second baseman Mason Davis.

Ross White allowed the go-ahead run to reach base in the seventh inning and suffered the loss. White (1-1) recorded two outs, both on strikeouts, allowed two walks, a hit and a run.

Logan Cribb left with a no decision in the sixth inning after allowing three runs on three hits.

The Citadel jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held GSU to two hits through the first four innings.

Bret Hines drove in Tyler Griffin with a sacrifice fly in the second inning to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.

Bo Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk and Tyler Griffin recorded a single to extend The Citadel's lead to 3-0.

Hughston Armstong, who scored in the third inning, did so again in the fourth inning on Johnathan Stokes' single to left field.

The series concludes Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon. The Eagles will send Josh Wirsu to the mound in game one and Ryan Frederick in game two.

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