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GSU baseball sweeps doubleheader
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Georgia Southern's Kody Adams beats out a bunt single in the seventh inning of the Eagles' 7-1 win over Holy Cross in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at J.I. Clements Field. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

The Georgia Southern Eagles swept a doubleheader from Holy Cross 7-1, 6-2 on Saturday at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Game One
Josh Wirsu held Holy Cross to three hits as the Georgia Southern Eagles took game two in the series 7-1 over Holy Cross at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Georgia Southern struck for two runs in the first inning on a bases loaded catcher's interference and a bases-loaded walk by Hunter Thomas. The Eagles led 4-1 in the eighth inning before Dalton Busby plated two runs with a single and Chase Griffin ripped a double down the left field line to score a third run.

Wirsu improved to 3-1 on the year after allowing one run over 6.2 innings. Wirsu struck out a season-high eight batters and walked one. The junior righthander retired the first eight batters he faced in order. The only lead off batter to reach base, Evan Ocello, did so in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch.

"We got good pitching today starting with Josh. I thought he threw the ball extremely well. We had another good effort in game two," Head CoachRodney Hennon said.

Ocello later scored Holy Cross' lone run of the game on a ground out by Anthony Critelli.

Chase Griffin led GSU with three hits and plated two runs. Griffin was one of four Eagles with multiple hits and helped the team finish with 10 or more hits for the 10th time this season.

Ben White tossed five innings and allowed four runs but suffered the loss. White (0-1) held GSU to five hits and two walks.

Game Two
Ryan Cleveland went two for three and plated two runs with a double in the go ahead fifth inning as the Georgia Southern Eagles swept game two of a doubleheader over the Holy Cross Crusaders at J.I. Clements Stadium Saturday.

Chase Griffin broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a RBI single through the right side of the infield. Following Cleveland's two-run double, Stryker Browndrove in Cleveland with a base hit to center field.

Eric Alonzo entered in the top of the fifth with the tying run in scoring position and coaxed a ground out to end the threat. Alonzo (1-0) picked up his first win as an Eagle after tossing 1.1 innings and allowing one hit.

Jason Richman followed with two scoreless frames, and Caleb Pressey worked around a lead off single in the ninth inning.

"We got some key hits when we needed it. Ryan Cleveland's double gave us some breathing room. Alonzo did a nice job coming in out of the bullpen. It was good to see Calep Pressey throw the ball well there in the ninth," Hennon said.

Phil Reese allowed five runs on 10 hits and took the loss. Reese (1-2) pitched into the fifth inning and struck out two batters.

Holy Cross struck first for the second time in the series. Anthony Critelli homered on a 2-0 pitch in the second inning, driving a ball into the trees in left field.

Georgia Southern got the run back and took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the frame. Ben Morgan drove in Hunter Thomas with a ground out; andKody Adams singled to center field to plate Aaron Palmer, who made his first start as an Eagle.

Georgia Southern finished with 12 hits, with three coming from Griffin. Dalton Busby and Brown also recorded multi-hit games.

The Crusaders tallied eight hits on the day. Evan Ocello tallied with two hits, and Anthony Critelli drove in a run with a pair of hits.

The series concludes tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Will Middour is scheduled to make his second start of the season and will square off with Donny Murray.