Eagles hope to top Buccaneers

Photo by: Demario Cullars

Shakeem Holloway

After dropping four of its last six games and falling out of Baseball America’s top 25, the Georgia Southern University baseball team looks to regain its dominance beginning at Charleston Southern University.

The Eagles now sit in the second position in the Southern Conference standings behind Elon University after being number one for most of the season.

The Buccaneers have struggled all season resulting in their 11-20 record, the exact opposite of the Eagles’ record of 20-11.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, they have to travel to face the Buccaneers, which are an impressive 11-5 at home. The Buccaneers have yet to win one game on the road or at a neutral site, as they are 0-15 on the road.

The Buccaneers will look to get ahead early, as they have outscored their opponents 22-16 in the first inning. It will be the Eagles’ responsibility to either respond or prevent them from taking an early lead.

The only two players to play in all of the Buccaneers’ 31 games are sophomore outfielder Bobby Ison and junior infielder Alex Tomasovich, who both have the ability to hold their own at the plate.

Ison is batting .352 with 23 runs scored and 18 RBI on 43 hits. Tomasovich is solid as well, boasting a .336 batting average with 21 runs and 15 RBI on 36 hits.

If the Eagles’ defense can hold the Buccaneers to five runs or less, the game is theirs to lose as the Buccaneers are 0-20 when they score five runs or less. All of the Buccaneers’ wins have come in games when they score six runs or more.

Though sophomore Chase Griffin and junior infielder Ben Morgan have struggled as of late with their batting averages dropping below .300, the two still have combined for 58 RBI this season.

Offensively, the Eagles can still count on senior first basemen T.D. Davis and junior outfielder Robbie Dodds, who both still bat over .300 with batting averages of .349 and .365 respectively. The two combine for 79 hits and 44 runs.

At 3 p.m. today, the first pitch will be thrown as the Eagles hope to stop their recent skid of losing.