SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Georgia Southern Eagles tallied 11 walks and pounded out 18 hits in a 20-2 win over the Wofford Terriers in the series finale.
Georgia Southern (28-18, 10-11) salvaged a game in the series after scoring in every inning but the first and the ninth frames.
“I like the way we responded today. You don't have to start innings with hits all the time. We did a good job of finding a way to get the lead off man on base, and we were able to be a little more aggressive and make some things happen,” Head Coach Rodney Hennon said. “We did a really nice job of executing.”
Matt McCall held Wofford (23-21, 5-12) to two runs over seven innings and earned the win. McCall (2-2) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out three batters on 80 pitches. The senior righthander retired 13 batters in a row from the second inning until allowing a double in the sixth.
“Matt McCall was outstanding today on the mound and did a nice job of pitching with the lead,” Hennon said.
The Eagles got to Terrier starter Luke Leftwich early and scored five runs off of the righthander before he was lifted in the fourth inning. Leftwich (3-5) gave up five hits, four walks and struck out four over 3.1 innings.
Five different Eagles finished with multi-hit games, and Ryan Cleveland led the team with four hits. Cleveland scored four runs, drove in six more, homered twice and walked twice.
Kody Adams was one of two Eagles to draw three walks and finished with two hits and four runs out of the lead off spot. Aaron Mizell and Stryker Brown both had three hit games.
The Terriers finished with just four hits, one coming off of reliever Patrick Riley. Alec Paradowski had two hits including a solo home run in the first inning.
Riley tossed two scoreless frames in relief of McCall to end the ball game.
After Wofford opened the game with a run in the first inning, GSU quickly tied the game in the second inning on Cleveland's RBI single.
The Eagles took a 4-1 lead with a three-run third inning after Brown plated a run with a single and Cleveland homered for the first time on the day.
GSU scored single runs in both the third and fourth innings before putting up three runs in the sixth and five in the seventh inning. Cleveland hit his second long ball of the day in the sixth, and Mizell singled in a run in the frame.
Two hits, an error, two hit batters and three walks led to the five run seventh. Kody Adams drove in a pair of runs in the frame with his second triple of the season.
The Eagles tacked on five more runs in the eighth inning on five base hits. Brown singled in a run with the bases loaded to start the scoring before Cleveland doubled in two more runs. A passed ball with Wes Williams at the plate scored Brown before Williams homered on his second career at-bat.
Baseball will travel to Kennesaw, Ga. Wednesday to take on the Kennesaw State Owls. First pitch in the game is set for 6 pm.