Big bats lift GSU above Phoenix

Photo by: Demario Cullars

Shakeem Holloway

After dropping eight games in a row with its offense struggling, the Georgia Southern University baseball team’s (23-20, 12-12 SoCon) bats finally came alive taking the series 2-1.

The Eagles’ offense was held to four runs or less in eight of its last nine games, but in this series GSU managed to score 28 runs in three games. With this series win the Eagles were able to get their conference record back at .500, winning their first conference series in the month of April.

Senior pitcher Justin Hess (4-4) picked up the win in game one allowing two runs on six hits and two walks, while posting a season-high of 10 strikeouts.

Although Hess pitched a good game, he was not the catalyst for the Eagles. The offense is what propelled the Eagles to a 15-4 win over the Phoenix.

GSU recorded 15 runs on 15 hits while drawing nine walks in the contest. All 15 runs were scored before the sixth inning including a four-run second inning and a six-run fifth inning.

Sophomore second baseman Tyler Avera and junior shortstop Ben Morgan combined for five hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.

The Eagles brought their hot bats to game two recording 15 hits for the second straight game and posting 12 runs, 10 of which came in the fourth inning beginning with a grand slam by senior first baseman T.D. Davis.

Defensively the Eagles were equally strong, despite giving up 25 hits through the first two games. The Eagles pitching was able to scatter runners and hold the Phoenix to four runs in each of the first two games.

In game three the Eagles finally stalled offensively and defensively, dropping the game 9-1 allowing 14 Phoenix hits.

All of the Phoenix’s nine runs came in the middle innings after the Eagles scored the first run with Morgan crossing the plate in the second inning.

Today at 6 p.m. the Eagles will look to keep their offensive flow steady as they face the University of North Florida.