Eagles outlast Wildcats in high-scoring affair

Colin Ritsick

A sunny, crisp and windy Saturday afternoon saw 20 total runs scored between Georgia Southern and Bethune-Cookman as the Eagles beat the Wildcats 12-8.

The Eagles (2-0) scattered nine hits and scored five runs in the third inning and four runs in the sixth inning.

Six different players recorded an RBI for GSU, led by SS Dalton Busby. Busby was one of only two batters in the lineup without a hit, however he led the team with three RBI that came from two sac fly’s and a fielder’s choice groundout.

OF Kody Adams was 2-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI. Chase Griffin had his second two-hit performance in a row, going 2-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Both teams played sloppy baseball at times, and both went deep into their bullpens.

Georgia Southern starter Adam Kelly struck out the side in the first inning, but gave up four earned runs in the second inning. His day ended after 1.2 innings, two walks, one HBP, three strikeouts and four runs.

As bad as that sounds, Bethune-Cookman starter Alex Seibold’s start was worse. Seibold was pulled after walking three batters, giving up three hits and five earned runs on 46 pitches in 2.0 innings.

LHP Anthony Paesano, a junior college transfer from Gordon, made his Georgia Southern debut in the eighth inning and stayed in the game to close it out. He struck out three in a scoreless 2.0 innings.