Baseball to face UNF, CSU in mid-week games

Colin Ritsick

Coming off of its first series win in the last five attempts, the Georgia Southern University baseball team will look to keep up its momentum with a pair of mid-week contests.

The Eagles (23-20, 12-12 Southern Conference) will travel to the University of North Florida today before returning to host Charleston Southern University tomorrow.

The meeting with the Ospreys (32-12, 14-4 Atlantic Sun Conference) will be the first this season for the Eagles with another coming up on May 14.

GSU defeated the Buccaneers (17-24, 8-7 Big South Conference) earlier this season in the only other matchup between the two teams.

Today’s matchup with UNF could pose to be problem for Eagle pitching. GSU has allowed a total of 64 runs in its last 10 games and sports a 5.21 ERA on the season. The Ospreys are a team that has batted .328 this year and plated 318 runs.

The offense that earned them a victory against the University of Florida and a series win against No. 23 Mercer University will be something that the GSU pitchers will have to be conscious of. And as if the big bats of the Ospreys that average over seven runs per game were not enough, UNF has found a nice rhythm by emerging victorious in 13 of its last 15 games.

Tomorrow’s home contest will field a familiar, less accomplished foe. The Buccaneers will be looking for revenge on the Eagles who outlasted them 3-2 on April 9. The end score of that game did not properly reflect how GSU played even though the Eagles won. GSU struck for 10 hits on top of 13 walks but were unable to put any more than three runs on the board because of 18 runners left on base.

Senior pitcher Josh Stevenson was solid in his six innings of one-run baseball that game and provided GSU with a blue print for this game: pitch well enough to outlast the small amount of damage CSU can do, and the Eagles should come out with a win. That is if the inconsistency of GSU’s bats remains at bay.

First pitch for today in Jacksonville, Fla. is set for 6 p.m. Tomorrow’s home game is also a 6 p.m. start.