Behind late game heroics, GS downs CSU 7-4 to improve to 21-16 on the season

Ryan Kostensky

Georgia Southern baseball found themselves back on the diamond Tuesday night coming off a series loss to Texas State and looking for answers.

In what has become a trend, the Eagles used a four-run bottom of the seventh to seal victory and avoid their first season sweep by Charleston Southern since the late 80’s.

Down by a run in the seventh inning with two runners on, sophomore first baseman Jason Swan stepped to the plate and delivered a towering home run over the left field wall to give the Eagles a 7-4 lead, which they wouldn’t surrender. The HR was Swan’s first of the season, and couldn’t have come at a better time.

After the game, Swan talked about his team’s ability to mount comebacks in the late innings.

“We’re just always fighting, like never give up,” Swan said. “That’s what we’re taught to do, never give up, just fight to win.”

The Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the first, when redshirt-senior outfielder Tyler Martin drove in junior second baseman Steven Curry with a single into left field. Both Martin and Curry would go on to record three hits, with all of Curry’s coming via doubles.

In what was a designated staff game, sophomore LHP Nick Jones went three innings and stabilized the game for the Eagles. In his three innings of work, the sophomore allowed just two hits while recording six strikeouts.

After the game, Head Coach Rodney Hennon talked about his team’s ability to keep pulling off late game heroics, all while giving his young pitcher praise.

“Well, I want to start with Nick Jones,” Hennon said. “He really picked us up out of the bullpen and then gave us a chance to do that. The guys just hung in there and we got some big hits, big home runs from Noah Ledford and then Jason Swan. Curry had a good night. I thought Blake Evans had some good at bats tonight so it was a good team effort, good team comeback.”

The Eagles head north to Conway, SC for a conference battle against Coastal Carolina, in a matchup of one versus two in the East division of the Sun Belt. As per policy of the SBC, teams don’t play on Easter Sunday, so the three-game series is set to go from Thursday through Saturday. First pitch between the Eagles and Chanticleers is slated for 6 p.m.

Ryan Kostensky, The George-Anne Sports Reporter,