STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles split a baseball doubleheader with the Samford Bulldogs on Sunday.
Georgia Southern won game one 4-2 but fell to Samford in game two 7-2. The Bulldogs took the Southern Conference series two games to one and improved to 24-16, 9-6 while the Eagles fell to 27-15, 9-9.
Josh Wirsu tosses eight solid innings, and Garrett Chapman hit a go ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as the Georgia Southern Eagles won game one of Sunday's doubleheader against the Samford Bulldogs 4-2.
Wirsu allowed an unearned run on a throwing error during a double steal attempt in the first inning but settled in to toss seven scoreless frames. The junior righthander was lifted after hitting Drew McWhorter in the ninth inning. Wirsu (8-2) picked up his eighth win of the season and allowed five hits, two runs, three walks and struck out nine batters on 114 pitches.
Wirsu and Samford starter Jared Brasher dueled in a 1-1 tie for six innings before Brasher was lifted for Chase Traffica. Traffica (0-2) worked a quiet seventh inning but allowed three runs on four hits in the eighth inning.
A pair of hits by Aaron Mizell and Chase Griffin and a hit batter in Ryan Cleveland opened the eighth inning before Chapman drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Stryker Brown provided the big hit with a two RBI single that cleared the bases.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases and scored a run on a walk of Danny Rodriguez in the ninth inning before Jason Richman came on to retire the side for his second save. Richman (2) left the bases loaded after coaxing a fly out from Damon Waller and recording a ground out of Brandon Powell.
The Samford Bulldogs took the series and game two of the doubleheader against the Georgia Southern Eagles 7-2 behind a five-run fourth inning and solid pitching from reliever Parker Curry.
Curry entered in the fourth inning and retired eight-straight Eagles before allowing a pair of hits. The righthander struck out Garren Palmer and retired Aaron Mizell with a fly out to leave both runners stranded.
Curry (4-2) earned the win in relief of Alex Milazzo and tossed 3.1 scoreless innings. He allowed just the two hits in the seventh and struck out one batter on 32 pitches. Milazzo allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings.
Samford rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning and scored five runs on four hits and three Georgia Southern errors.
Heath Quinn led off the inning with a double to left field and scored the first run on a wild pitch. An error by third baseman Garrett Chapman allowed an infield single from Caleb Bryson to score. Sac bunts by J.T. Dixon and Jared Watson along with a Tyler Filliben single plated the final three runs of the frame.
Matt McCall allowed just one run through the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. McCall gave up two hits in the frame before being lifted for Jason Richman.
McCall (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and one walk. The senior righthander struck out two batters over three innings.
The Eagles scored in both the second and third innings and held a 2-1 lead early in the game.
C.J. Brazil drove in a lead off walk in the second inning with a one-out ground out to third base, and Chase Griffin plated a run in the third with a single.
Baseball remains at home in the mid-week and will host Bethune-Cookman Tuesday and the College of Charleston Wednesday before traveling to Wofford for a three-game Southern Conference series.