Baseball kicks off five-game week of play with a win

Junior infielder Steven Curry (30) was the first Eagle to find home plate against the Citadel in the bottom of the first.

Bethany-Grace Bowers

After a long night in J.I. Clements, the Georgia Southern baseball team came out on top against the Citadel and were able to secure another win to start their long week of games in Statesboro.

The Eagles had a slow start Tuesday night and the Citadel Bulldogs were able to score early in the first inning, gaining an early lead over GS 2-0.

In the bottom of the first, redshirt-senior infielder Tyler Martin was able to hit a single RBI to left field which drove junior second baseman Steven Curry into home to add a run on the Eagles’ scoreboard.

There was not much that changed for either team until the fourth inning. The Citadel got a double down the left field line and because of a fielding error by the left fielder, the Bulldogs scored again, making it a 3-1 lead.

GS was able to hold the Bulldogs from scoring and in the seventh inning junior right fielder Mason McWhorter hit a single to right center field that got the momentum going that the Eagles needed.

Blake Evans, the freshman infielder from Acworth, Georgia, was then able to score for GS, putting them just one run behind the Citadel.

From that point on, it was like the whole aura of the stadium changed. Fans and players could all feel the same feeling and everyone knew that the Eagles had it in them to win.

The eighth inning is where it really picked up for the Eagles. JP Tighe was able to make it to second and that brought junior infielder/outfileder Mason Miller home.

Austin Thompson, the sophomore infielder from Rincon, GA, made it to home plate off of this run as well.

The Eagles were then sitting at 4-3 over the Bulldogs and all they needed to do was hold the opponent and they had the win.

Even though GS was in the lead, Evans was determined to do his part for the Eagles as well. His double to right center field allowed sophomore outfielder/catcher Christian Avant to score, making the final a 5-3 victory for GS.

The next game for the Eagles is set for Wednesday against the College of Charleston. The first pitch of the mid-week game is set for 6 p.m. from J.I Clements with junior Tyler Owens starting on the mound.

Bethany-Grace Bowers, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, [email protected]