GSU stays hot with sweep of Davidson

Photo By: Demario CullarsJunior outfielder Robbie Dodds (44) leads off first base. Dodds leads the team with a .387 batting average.

Colin Ritsick

For the second time in the last three series, fans at J.I. Clements broke out their brooms as Georgia Southern University recorded yet another sweep, this time against Davidson College.

GSU sits atop of the Southern Conference with an 8-1 record.

The phrase “history repeats itself” held true when it came to the Eagles (16-7, 8-1 SoCon) playing the Wildcats (8-14, 4-8 SoCon) this weekend. The Eagles have now won 24 straight games against Davidson.

GSU has won 12 of its last 14, including eight of nine SoCon contests. This stretch of success has seen more consistency through the lineup and more bottom-of-the-lineup production. It also is partly due to sophomore catcher Chase Griffin.

Friday night was the first home game the Eagles had played in over a week. A four-run third inning headlined by senior infielder T.D. Davis’ two-run home run sent GSU past Davidson to claim the series opener by a score of 6-4.

Sophomore starter Sam Howard (4-2) earned his fourth win on the season after throwing 6.1 innings and striking out seven. Senior pitcher Justin Hess closed out the game pitching 2.2 innings of no-hit baseball.

Saturday’s game, which was delayed due to rain, was promoted as Strike Out Leukemia day at the ballpark. For freshman starter Jason Richman (4-1), it was Strike Out Wildcats day at the ballpark. The lefty struck out eight batters during his 8.1 innings of work, a career-high and only allowed one earned run on five hits en route to a 3-2 GSU win.

All three of GSU’s runs on scored came off of the bat of junior infielder Brent Pugh. Pugh sent a single through the infield to send in the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning.

Two innings later he came up to bat with a runner on, and this time both of them scored as Pugh hit his second home run on the season. He ended the game going 2 for 3 from the plate with three RBIs.

Sunday’s finale was played on a damp field with cloudy skies, but the Eagles were not going let some dark clouds rain on their parade. GSU got out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Davidson would get as close as 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning, however one run in the bottom of the frame and three more across the next two innings put the nail in the coffin.

Griffin and Pugh both homered on Sunday.

Hess (3-2) earned his third win on the season in his 3.2 innings of relief.

Hess’ three strikeouts are enough to put him at the top of the SoCon active career strikeouts board. He leads Wofford College’s Brandon Yarusi by a single K.

The Eagles have one more home game against Jacksonville University today at 6 p.m. before beginning an eight-game road swing.