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POSTED: February 22, 2013 10:45 a.m.

A bases-loaded walk by freshman Cole Watson drove in the game-winning run as Georgia Southern defeated No. 13 Florida, 8-7, in 12 innings Wednesday in Gainesville.
The win was the Eagles' third in the all-time series and the second in the past three years.
Kyle Rowe picked up the win for Georgia Southern (3-1) after throwing four innings in relief.
Rowe (1-0) worked around four walks and did not allow a run while striking out two.
Corey Stump took the loss for Florida (3-2) after giving up an unearned run on two hits. Stump (0-2) faced eight batters over two innings.
T.D. Davis recorded three of the Eagles’ 10 hits and scored three runs. Ben Morgan and Hunter Thomas added two hits each.
Casey Turgeon was one of three Gator hitters with two hits, and he drove in three runs.
Georgia Southern jumped out to a 6-1 lead after scoring three runs in the top of the fifth. After tying the game with a run in the second inning, Thomas drove in two runs with a single to center field in the fourth inning.
Florida tied the contest at 6 in the bottom half of the fifth. The Gators scored five runs, including three on a home run by pitcher Justin Shafer.
Florida took a 7-6 lead after Harrison Bader grounded into a double play, which allowed Josh Tobias to score from third base.
Davis tied the game at 7-7 with a ninth inning two-out single through the left side of the infield. Davis scored Morgan, who singled and stole second base before scoring the tying run.
Four-straight Eagles reached base to start the 12th inning, and Watson’s bases-loaded walk scored the winning run in Davis.
Last weekend, Georgia Southern knocked off Georgia twice in a three-game series.
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