Offensive firepower leads Eagles

Photo: Ryan Woodham

Colin Ritsick

Batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles and home runs – these are pretty much every important offensive team statistic, and Georgia Southern University leads the Southern Conference in all of them.

And the best part? It isn’t even close.

GSU has a team batting average of .348, next in line is Western Carolina University at .304. A robust .562 slugging percentage is 112 points higher than second-place Samford University. The Eagles (10-2) have twice as many homeruns, 20, as the next-closest team.

Last season, the Eagles finished the year with 32 home runs. At this pace (1.67 HR/game) GSU will pass last year’s total by next weekend. Leading the team in HR is junior outfielder/infielder Aaron Mizell. Mizell stroked three on Sunday and has five total.

For his efforts, Mizell was awarded SoCon Player of the Week after hitting safely in all four games this weekend and going for a slugging percentage of 1.125.

And perhaps the stat that tells the tale best is RBI (Runs batted in). GSU has 120 RBI in just 12 games. The next closest, and I use the word closest pretty loosely here, is WCU with 64.

The only important stat not mentioned is on-base percentage, in which GSU trails Western Carolina University by a whopping .001 percent.

The pitching has been pretty stellar for the Eagles thus far, but with how these kids are swinging the bat, President Brooks Keel could be on the mound and it wouldn’t matter.