Samford snaps GSU win streak

Colin Ritsick

An overwhelming display of offense from Samford University sent the Bulldogs past the Georgia Southern University baseball team on Friday by a score of 6-2; ending the Eagles four-game win streak.

Last year’s Southern Conference champs, the Bulldogs (12-7, 2-2 SoCon), strung together 14 hits to down the Eagles (10-7, 3-1 SoCon) in the first game of the weekend series. Leading the charge for Samford was senior infielder Tommy Corbin. Corbin recorded four hits in his five at bats and tallied two RBI and one run.

As effective as the Bulldogs were at the plate on Friday, the Eagles were equally as ineffective. GSU only put together six hits in the game, two of them coming from sophomore catcher Chase Griffin. Junior infielder Ben Morgan tripled to lead off the sixth inning and would soon be driven in by Griffin for the first run for GSU. The team would not strike again until the ninth when junior infielder Garren Palmer was sent in to pinch hit and stroked a double down the right field line to send in the last run the Eagles would produce for the day.

One reason for a slow day offensively for the Eagles was the effort put forward by the Bulldogs starting pitcher, junior C.K. Irby. Irby fanned nine GSU batters and only let up nine hits on his way to victory. The right-hander nearly threw a complete game pitching 8.1 innings.

Sophomore starter Sam Howard (3-2) let up four earned runs on nine hits in his short-lived 4.2 innings of work.

The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST.