Win streak sliced by Spartans

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Shakeem Holloway

After extending its winning streak to eight the Georgia Southern University baseball team dropped the final two games of its series against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, losing the series 2-1.

Coming into the series, the Eagles were No. 1 in the Southern Conference and 22nd in the nation, while the Spartans were at the bottom of the barrel having won only one of their six conference matchups.

Over the course of the weekend the Spartans’ offense was simply better than the Eagles’ as they outhit GSU in three games. The Eagles put up 25 hits in the series versus 34 hits for the Spartans.

Junior outfielder Stryker Brown struggled batting leadoff, managing only one hit in 14 at-bats including five strikeouts.

In the Eagles’ two losses sophomore catcher Chase Griffin also struggled, going 1-9 striking out three times and scoring two runs.

In game one, sophomore pitcher Sam Howard (5-2) was the catalyst for GSU’s defense, pitching six innings while striking out seven and allowing three runs on four hits.

After the Eagles overpowered the Spartans 8-4 to begin the series it seemed as if that would continue throughout the weekend.

In game two the Eagles led 2-1 up until the fifth inning when the Spartans took a 4-2 lead after a three-run inning capped off by a home run from right-fielder Christian Wolfe.

GSU would not surrender its streak easily, as the team bounced back and tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning.

However, the Spartans also showed resiliency. In the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded catcher Cambric Moye drove in the winning run with a fly ball deep in right field, his only RBI of the game.

The final game was not as close as the Spartans out-gunned the Eagles 10-6. Senior first basemen T.D. Davis and junior shortstop Ben Morgan scored five of the Eagles six runs.

Lee Gilliam started on the mound for the Spartans giving up three runs on five hits while striking out four at the plate.

GSU trailed by one run in the fifth inning but the Spartans widened the gap scoring five runs in the next two innings taking a 9-3 lead and the Eagles were not able to respond.

Today at 6 p.m. GSU continues its road trip traveling to play Jacksonville University as the Eagles hope to stop their two-game losing streak.