Charleston Southern's Harrison Wilkins was 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the ninth inning to pull the Bucs within one, but visiting Georgia Southern held on for a 3-2 win on Tuesday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
CSU (11-21) plays again on Wednesday in Spartanburg, S.C. against USC Upstate. First pitch is at 6 p.m. Georgia Southern improves to 20-11 with the win.
Both teams struggled to come up with big hits with runners in scoring position. They combined to leave 27 runners, Georgia Southern stranding 18 and CSU nine.
Wilkins hit the ball hard twice to lead the Bucs attack, doubling into the gap in his first at-bat and the ripping his second home run of the season in the ninth as CSU cut GSU's lead to 3-2 with no outs in the ninth. The Bucs could not get anything going following the home run against Eagles' closer, Matt McCall, who picked up his fourth save.
Georgia Southern jumped to an early 2-0 lead and made it stand up.
The Eagles' Scooter Williams reached on a single on a diving stop by Jaren Sustar, which saved a double at the time, and scored as Bucs' starter Chase Shelton (LP, 0-1) issued a bases-loaded walk later in the first inning. They grabbed their second run in the second inning as Zac Lenns doubled and scored.
CSU broke into the scoring column with an RBI double from John Faircloth in the sixth. Faircloth curled his second hit of the day into the right-field corner to scoreZack Hagaman, who drew a leadoff walk and cut the lead to 2-1.
GSU scored its final run in the sixth as Ben Morgan walked and scored as he stole second and the ball ricocheted off his helmet and into left centerfield.
Robbie Dodds was 3-for-4 with an RBI for GSU.
Faircloth was 2-for-4 for the Bucs along with Wilkins two hits.
GSU starter Josh Stevenson (WP, 1-2) picked up his first win of the season with six solid innings of work.