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Diamond Eagles get cooked at BCU
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    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Georgia Southern fell behind early and could not recover in a 10-7 loss at Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night . The Eagles dropped to 4-5 overall while BCU improved to 4-3.
    The bullpen gave up two runs over the final six innings but could not rally from a 6-run deficit after three innings.
    The Eagles staged a two-out rally in the first inning. After freshman Roman Lancara struck out the first two batters he faced, Chris Shehan (Strasburg, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) drew a four-pitch walk. Kyle Blackburn (Marietta/Walton) hit a single to put runners on the corners. Head coach Rodney Hennon successfully put on a double-steal as Blackburn recorded his first career stolen base and Shehan scored to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
    Bethune-Cookman got a two-out 2-run single from Chris Brown in the first inning. During the second, an unsuccessful double steal still plated a run. A throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt by Justin Davis (Pulaski/Metter) plated another run for the Wildcats. Osvaldo Torres lined a RBI single extending their lead to 5-1.
    GS got two runs back during its half of the third. Matt Miller (Canton/Woodstock) hit a leadoff infield single. He advanced to second on a groundout then scored on Shehan’s RBI double. Two batters later A.J. Wirnsberger (Tuscaloosa, AL/Paul Bear Bryant) lined his second career triple making it a 5-3 deficit.
    The Wildcats plated four runs in the third. Mark Brooks hit a 2-run single then Jose Lozada lined a shot that hit off first base then rolled into right field to score two more runs. That gave BCU a 9-3 lead.
    During the fifth GS scored three times. Miller started with a leadoff single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and third on a balk. Shehan lined a RBI triple, the third triple of his career. Wirnsberger hit a two-out RBI double then Jeremiah Parker (Carrollton/Carrollton) knocked his first extra-base hit of the season, a double down the left field line to cut the deficit to 9-6.
    Jeremy Beckham (Griffin/Griffin) was hit by a pitch with one down in the sixth. He took third on Miller’s single. Phillip Porter (Marietta/Sprayberry) dropped down a safety squeeze, reaching on the single and Beckham scored.
    Davis (0-1) was charged for eight runs on seven hits in two innings. He walked three and struck out three. Charlie Strohecker (Alpharetta/Milton) struck out a career-high four batters in three innings. Burt Barto (Columbus/Columbus) gave up an unearned run in 1.2 innings while Kyle Kamppi (Savannah/Benedictine) fanned three in 1.1 scoreless innings.
    Miller had three hits while Porter and Shehan added two apiece. The 1-3 batters combined for five runs scored and three RBI.
    Lancara (1-0) gave up six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings, in his first collegiate start. Jose Lozada had four hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
    Georgia Southern travels to East Carolina this weekend to participate in the Keith LeClair Classic. The Eagles will face 23rd-ranked Michigan in the first game Friday, first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.