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ELON, N.C. - The Georgia Southern baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader with the Elon Phoenix, winning game one 7-4 and losing game two 4-2.

The Eagles are now 16-4 on the season and are 1-2 in Southern Conference Play. Elon improved to 13-7 and 2-1 in the SoCon after winning the series.

Game One

Georgia Southern evened the series with Elon after a 7-4 win in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Latham Park.

Josh Wirsu took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but with two outs Andy Moore singled up the middle for Elon's first hit of the game. Wirsu (4-1) picked up the win after holding the Phoenix to two runs over 5.2 innings. The junior righthander struck out four batters, walked three and allowed three hits.

Georgia Southern finished with 10 hits with three coming off the bat of Garrett Chapman. Chapman went three for four with three runs scored and a RBI. Aaron Mizell was the only other Eagle with multiple hits.

Elon finished with eight hits. Casey Jones went two for five with a run scored, while Chris Hall was two for two with two RBI off the bench.

Ben Morgan launched a two-run home run over the high fence in left field to put GSU up 3-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Elon rallied to within a run in the bottom half of the sixth inning on a two-RBI single from pinch hitter Hall.

Garrett Chapman quickly got a run back with a home run to lead off the seventh inning and gave the Eagles a 5-2 lead.

Jake Stalzer held the Eagles to one unearned run through the first five frames, but allowed the two-out homer to Morgan in the sixth. Stalzer (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits. The junior lefthander did not walk a batter and struck out one over 6.1 innings.

After going without a run the night before, Georgia Southern scored in the second inning on a Kody Adams two-out single.

Jason Richman tossed 2.1 scoreless frames and struck out Will Leathers in the sixth inning to leave a pair of base runners stranded.

Both teams scored in the ninth inning. The Eagles scored three runs on two Elon errors, while the Phoenix got two runs on a Ryan Cooper double.

Game Two

Andy Moore hit a bases-loaded single to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning as Elon took the second game of the doubleheader and the series 4-2.

Moore plated Nick Zammarelli, who led off the inning with a single for the game-winning run. A batter later Quinn Bower drove in Chris Hall with a sacrifice fly.

Ryan Pennell allowed two one-out hits in the ninth inning but struck out Ryan Cleveland to end the ball game. Pennell (1-0) tossed 2.1 innings and struck out four for his first victory of the season.

Eric Alonzo suffered the loss after being charged with two runs, including the go ahead run in the eighth. Alonzo (2-1) allowed two hits and struck out a batter over 2.1 innings.

Both teams tallied 10 hits. Aaron Mizell led Georgia Southern with three hits, while Casey Jones had three hits for Elon. Garrett Chapman and Kody Adams both had two hits each.

The Eagles held a 2-1 lead after Garrett Chapman led off the fifth inning with a home run, and Mizell plated Ben Morgan with a single.

The Phoenix tied the contest in the seventh inning after Bower scored on a fielder's choice.

Elon took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Danny Lynch RBI single.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Will Middour allowed one run over three innings for the Eagles. Michael Elefante gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out five batters in 6.2 innings.

Baseball returns home to host Clemson in mid-week action at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles and Tigers will square off on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and conclude the two-game slate with a 4 p.m. contest on Wednesday.

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