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Georgia Southern hammers Jacksonville

By: Connor Hackling

Just one day after Georgia Southern University baseball team cracked the top 25 national poll, the Eagles proved their ranking as they defeated the Jacksonville University Dolphins 11-4 Tuesday night at J.I. Clements Stadium. The win improved the Eagle’s record to 17-7 overall.

Matt McCall had his first start as an Eagle on Tuesday.

Matt McCall had his first start as an Eagle on Tuesday.

Matt McCall made his first start as a member of the Georgia Southern baseball team and pitched an effective four innings while giving up only two runs. He also struck seven batters and allowed only one walk.

Stryker Brown had three runs batted in for GSU, while Tyler Avera had an effective night with three hits. In all, the Eagles slugged out 11 hits in their victory.

The Eagles trailed briefly in the game in the third inning, but took over from there. GSU benefited from sloppy defense from the Dolphins, who committed four errors on the evening. Josh Baker took the loss for Jacksonville and is still looking for his first win of the season.

Georgia Southern broke the contest open in the fourth inning, tailing three runs and were helped by two Jacksonville errors. The game was seemingly out of hand by the seventh inning as the Eagles led 8-2.

The game ended the home stand for the Eagles as they take on the University of North Carolina Greensboro Thursday night on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. GSU and UNCG will continue to duke it out on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Sunday will be an off day for the 22nd ranked Eagles due to the Easter holiday.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Brown

GSU sweeps first conference matchup against Wofford Terriers

By: Ashley Gadson

After holding the lead for four-straight innings and five runs in the fifth inning, the Georgia Southern Eagles baseball team swept their first Southern Conference series against the Wofford Terriers at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Georgia Southern, now 3-0 in the SoCon and 9-6 overall, started the game off hot with a run in the first inning, and held a scoreless five innings by pitcher Justin Hess.

”He just really had command,” said catcher Chase Griffin. “Getting ahead early that’s key whenever you’re out there on the mound. He was making pitches on the spot; whatever I was calling he was throwing.”

Wofford (7-9, 0-3) finished the game with 12 hits and tried to make a comeback in the sixth inning scoring four of their five runs. Right fielder Josh Hyman had a run that drove in two of the batters giving them three runs. Matthew Ramsay was holding third when Matthew Pelt bunted driving Ramsay home.


Third baseman Brent Pugh

The Eagles ended the game with 10 hits. Griffin, right fielder Robbie Dodds and designated hitter Arthur Owens each with doubles and two drive-ins. Two of the hits were home runs from Dodds and third-baseman Brent Pugh with his career first.

The fifth inning was a hot one for GSU when Pugh led it off with his home run. Scooter Williams reached base after getting hit by the ball for the tenth time this season.

“The last one really hurt, my arm is kind of stiff but I have to do what I have to do to get on base.” Williams said. “It definitely benefits the team; it’s my job as a lead-off to get on base at any time.”

In the last three innings, GSU had one run in the seventh while the Terriers had a run in the eighth. Chris Myers ended the game with a strike-out for Ramsay.

The Eagles will travel to Macon, Ga. to take on the Mercer Bears Tuesday for the first game of a five-game road trip.


Photo courtesy of Tracie Collins

GSU opens conference play with win

By: Shakeem Holloway

Conference play began Friday against Wofford College and the Georgia Southern University baseball team had a statement 7-2 win behind stellar pitching and offense.

After being held scoreless in Wednesday’s game against Kennesaw State University, the Eagles brought their bats to J.I. Clements Stadium and they made up for lost time.

Sophomore pitcher Sam Howard (3-1) pitched a strong eight innings, his career high and added eight K’s while picking up his third win of the season.

Sophomore catcher Chase Griffin put the first run on the board with a solo homerun to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning.

The Eagles went on to score three more runs in the second inning as they held the Terriers to one run to finish the game.

Junior infielder Ben Morgan finished with four hits and three RBIs.

First pitch Saturday is at 2:30 pm as the Eagles look to take a commanding lead in the series.

Eagles Beat Xavier, Take Series

By: Connor Hackling

The Georgia Southern Eagle baseball team benefited from a seven run seventh inning to win the series finale over the Xavier University Musketeers on Sunday 9-3. The Eagles won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener on Friday night.

GSU got a big hit with the bases loaded from catcher Chase Griffin to break the inning open.

“The bases were loaded. I just kept it simple, I got a fast ball up in the zone, stuck my nose on it and hit it. And good things happened for me, and I got a base hit out of it,” said Griffin.

Justin Hess was solid all day and got the series win for the Eagles.

Justin Hess pitches against the Xavier Musketeers in Sunday's series closer.

Justin Hess pitches against the Xavier Musketeers in Sunday’s series closer.

“I felt good today. The team was scrappy the first two games,” said Hess. “They put a lot of balls in play. And they still did today, but we were able to keep the balls down in the zone, and minimize any danger they could create.”

The only blemish on Hess’ afternoon came in the fifth inning when the pitcher ran into some trouble and gave up two runs. Chase Griffin was able to calm him down and get out of the inning.

“He’s been throwing the ball well the whole thing. They really weren’t hitting him that hard. There was nothing for him to be worried about,” said Griffin. “I told him to stick with his approach and keep coming at them, keep throwing up the zone.”

Evan Challenger was able to come in and pitch three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to secure the victory for the Eagles.

“I was real pleased with the way we played today,” said head coach Rodney Hennon.  “We got good pitching from Justin Hess, played solid defense; and Evan Challenger did a nice job for us, especially after the big inning.”

The next test for the Eagles will come on Tuesday as they head to Kennesaw State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm.

Photo courtesy of Georgia Southern Athletics.

Eagles Tie Series with Musketeers

By: Shakeem Holloway

An offensive burst in the fourth inning helped lift the Georgia Southern University baseball team over Xavier University 7-5 tying the series at 1-1.

After starting their season 4-1 the Eagles were on a four game losing streak prior to Saturday’s match up with the Musketeers.

True freshman Jason Richman pitches against Xavier on Saturday.

True freshman Jason Richman pitches against Xavier on Saturday.

Freshman pitcher Jason Richman recorded his second win of the season making the young lefty 2-1 to start his collegiate career.

Richman pitched five innings and allowed only four runs before passing it off to junior reliever Matt McCall.

McCall got the save allowing only one run in the final four innings.

The pitching for the Musketeers didn’t fair as well, giving up eight hits and allowing eight Eagle walks.

One walk and one HBP brought in two runs for the Eagles before senior first basemen T.D. Davis knocked in the final two runs.

The final game of the series is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at J.I. Clements Stadium.


Photo courtesy of Georgia Southern Athletics.

Eagles Drop Series Opener to Xavier

By: Ashley Gadson

The Georgia Southern University Eagles baseball team took a fourth inning eight run hit from Xavier University Musketeers as they fell in the series opener Friday at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Ben Morgan rounding second base.

Ben Morgan rounding second base.

The Eagles, now with a 4-5 standing, started the game off in the first inning with a run by shortstop Ben Morgan, as the Musketeers retaliated with a run at the top of the second.

Xavier (3-4) finished with 17 hits, 8 of them being in the fourth inning. Third baseman Stephen Schoettmer had the first home run of the night, tallying three hits and two runs, as five others had two-hits.

“They got a lot of hits, and hit pretty good tonight,” said Morgan about Xavier in the fourth inning.

The Eagles tried for a comeback as Morgan hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth bringing in one run along with it. Another run was scored when pinch hitter Robbie Dodds hit his first career home run tallying one hit and one run of the night.

“It felt pretty good; I tried to get us on the board there. It was my first home run as a Georgia Southern Eagle too, so that was great,” said Dodds.

The Eagles finished with nine hits, two from Morgan and third baseman Brent Pugh. Left fielder Scooter Williams and four others finished with single-hit games.

The Eagles will resume the series Saturday at J.I. Clements Stadium at 2:30 pm.

“I think this is a good learning experience for us, we had a little rough patch,” said Dodds. “We know where we’ve been and where we can be and we’re giving it our best, but we know we can do better.”

Photo courtesy of Georgia Southern Athletics.

Eagles Stung by Yellow Jackets

By: Connor Hackling

For the second time in two days, the Georgia Tech bats woke up late in the game and defeated the Eagle baseball team 14-8.

Georgia Southern kept the game close until the seventh inning when the Jackets scored five runs over the final three innings. With the win, Georgia Tech was able to complete the two game sweep over GSU.

EvanChallengerT.D. Davis led the Eagles with three hits while Kyle Streicher and Chase Griffin each had two hits. Evan Challenger started the game for GSU on the mound, but none of the five pitchers GSU brought in had much luck against the Yellow Jackets.

GT right fielder Daniel Palka had a big game going four for five and launching his second home run of the season. Zane Evans was also able to hit his fourth homer on the year.

The difference in the game was the ability of the GT bullpen to get quality innings out of their relievers. Dusty Isaacs, DeAndre Smelter, and Zane Evans combined to pitch five shutout innings of relief for the Yellow Jackets.

The Eagles will look to get back on track this weekend as they are set to take on Xavier in a three game series at J.I. Clements Stadium. First pitch for Friday night’s game is scheduled for 6 pm.

Photo courtesy of Georgia Southern Athletics.

Eagles fall to Yellow Jackets 11-4 in series opener

By: Brooke Rabon

Georgia Southern University baseball fell to Georgia Tech 11-4 in game one of the two game series at J.I Clements Stadium Tuesday night.

The Eagles held the lead for the first five innings while senior pitcher Justin Hess was on the mound, only allowing one run. However, in the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles lost their 4-1 lead after the Yellow Jackets scored five runs.

Yellow Jacket catcher Zane Evans was able to bring in two runners when he managed to hit a home run. Evans hit yet another home run in the seventh inning, which brought in three players, giving the Yellow Jackets their 8-4 lead.

Sophomore catcher Chase Griffin at bat before hitting the Eagles' only home run of the night.

Sophomore catcher Chase Griffin at bat before hitting the Eagles’ only home run of the night.

“Tonight we had a couple of plays that didn’t go our way,” said sophomore catcher Chase Griffin, “We kind of let it affect us and let it suck the life out of us.”

One play in particular seemed to be the start of the turn of events for the Eagles when right fielder Scooter Williams and second baseman Brent Pugh collided in right field going after a fly ball.

“The momentum changed after the missed pop up in right field. After that, we had a couple of bad pitches here and there,” said junior third baseman Ben Morgan, “I didn’t like the way we responded.”

Although the Eagles did noticeably lose their steam after the sixth inning, players and fans alike felt as though the umpire made a few questionable calls.

“The umpire was a little inconsistent. You really didn’t know what he was going to do or call,” said Griffin.

Even though the loss was hard, the Eagles remain positive for their second game against the Yellow Jackets.

“We’re going to go out there and do the same thing. If we get down, we just need to respond better. That’s the only thing we did wrong tonight,” said Morgan.

The Eagles hope to come out strong Wednesday and not let Tuesday’s game affect them.

“You can’t carry it over to tomorrow’s game. We just have to get back out there and compete,” said Griffin. 

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Photos courtesy of Michelle Brown

Slideshow: Eagles v. Hoosiers

The Georgia Southern University Eagles baseball team battled the Indiana Hoosiers in J.I. Clements stadium.

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Photos courtesy of Michelle Brown.

Eagles tie Hoosiers series 1-1

By: Shakeem Holloway

After plenty of rain delays the Georgia Southern University baseball team finished what was once a three-game weekend series that turned into a Sunday doubleheader two game series against Indiana University tying the series at 1-1.

The Eagles’ bats exploded winning the first game of the series 12-7. The game was scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, however, due to heavy fog and rain the game was postponed until Saturday. The rain would not let up and despite multiple reschedules on Saturday the game was finally played and finished on Sunday morning at 9 am.

Sophomore pitcher Sam Howard (2-0) picked up the win after four innings of work allowing three runs and recording five strikeouts.

The Eagles offense put on a show recording 15 hits total as a team.

Four hits came from sophomore catcher Chase Griffin who went 4-5 at the plate with three RBI and.

055Continuing his hot start to the season senior first basemen T.D. Davis scored twice and posted five RBI on three hits, two of which were home runs.

The primary scoring for GSU came in the fourth and sixth innings totaling four and five runs respectively.

The next game was a complete turnaround for both teams. In the second game the Eagles only recorded five runs on five hits, while the Hoosiers recorded 11 runs on 16 hits.

After a sac fly by Davis that put the Eagles up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Hoosier shortstop Michael Basil hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1 at the top of the second inning.

Both teams scored twice in the third inning to tie the game at 3-3.

However, the Hoosiers were able to connect against the Eagle pitchers scoring eight more runs while holding the Eagles to two runs.

Luck was not on the Eagles’ side during the game when left-fielder Hunter Thomas went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

“I hope he is alright. I’m praying for him,” Davis said.

The Eagles will play again on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they meet the Georgia Institute of Technology for a two-game mid-week series.


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