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Charleston tops GSU in opener

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jake Zokan allowed one run over 5.1 innings to help the College of Charleston Cougars to a 7-2 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles at Patriots Point Field on Thursday night.
    Carl Wise plated five of the College of Charleston's (29-24, 16-11 SoCon) seven runs and led their offense with four hits. Wise finished the day with two singles, a double and a home run.
    Georgia Southern (25-28, 13-15 SoCon) scored their two runs on eight hits. Ben Morgan and Chase Griffin tallied two hits each, and Robbie Dodds and T.D. Davis drove in a run each.
    Dre Watts came on in relief in the eighth inning and stranded a runner at second base with a pair of strikeouts. Watts recorded his seventh save of the season after stranding three runners in the ninth inning.
    Zokan (4-2) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits and striking out five batters. The lefthander threw 5.1 innings and allowed all but one of his hits with two-outs.
    Justin Hess (4-6) suffered the loss for the Eagles after giving up three runs over 5.1 innings. Hess walked just one batter and struck out nine in another solid outing for the senior righthander.
    The College of Charleston took a 3-0 lead before the Eagles struck for their first run in the top of the sixth inning. Wise started the scoring with a first-inning solo homer to left field. He would later plate the second run in the third inning with a single to center and drove in the third run in the fifth with a base hit to left field.
    GSU got on the scoreboard in the sixth after T.D. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Griffin, who tallied the Eagles first hit without two outs, scored the run after reaching third base on a wild pitch.
    After Charleston got a run back in the bottom half of the sixth inning, GSU got another wild pitch to move a one-out hit in Ben Morgan to third base. Dodds drove in the Eagles' second run with a base hit over the second baseman and into right field.
    The series continues today with a 2 p.m. first pitch. Sam Howard will take the mound for the Eagles against the Cougars' Ryan West.