Baseball gets the series win over Coastal Carolina

Bethany-Grace Bowers

The Georgia Southern Eagles went into the weekend looking for another set of victories and Saturday, April 20, they won the series against Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina.

The roller coaster weekend started on Thursday night, April 18, for the Eagles.

Seth Shuman, the junior RHP, ended up getting his fifth win of the season by throwing 100 pitches in seven innings. He only allowed one run off five hits and struck out a total of six batters.

Shuman’s wins now outweigh his losses and there is more to come from his as the season continues to move forward.

Junior OF/INF, Mason McWhorter, and sophomore OF, Nolan Tressler, both took home a three-hit game from Thursday night’s opener of the series against the Chanticleers and in the top of the ninth, Noah Ledford, the freshman INF, was able to pop a dinger over the wall to the left of the field to end out the game for the Eagles.

The Eagles took home the first win, finishing the game with a solid 9-1 victory against their opponent.

The second and third game of the series were held on Saturday as a double header and the Eagles fell to the Chanticleers in the first game of the day before coming out on top to take home the victory.

In the first game of the day, and second of the series junior RHP, Tyler Owens, had a rough start. Coastal immediately scored four runs on him in the first inning of play and it didn’t take long before Owens was pulled.

Joe Nahas, the junior RHP, was put in the game and held the Chanticleers to four scoreless innings, with seven strikeouts. However, it wouldn’t take long before CCU answered that fight with two more runs on the board.

From the sixth to the seventh, GS rallied and was able to post four more runs on the board. At this point the Eagles were only behind by two runs and there was a chance for a win.

The response from the Eagles in the eighth ended up tying the game thanks to runs from McWhorter and Ledford, however, CCU was able to keep answering those runs and the end result was a 9-7 victory over the Eagles.

Game three went a little bit better for the Eagles and allowed them to take home the series as a win.

There were a few players that stood out in the final game of the series and one was McWhorter. With players on base, he hit a two RBI single in the second to bump an early Eagle lead to 4-1.

Another solid hitter from game three would be the sophomore INF, Jason Swan. After Coastal answered GS’ scoring with a successful second inning to tie it at 4-4, Swan came in and hit a dinger to make it a 5-4 lead.

In the top of the fourth, McWhorter came out swinging again and made it a two-run lead by hitting the ball over the wall with a solo home run to make the score 6-4 in GS’ favor.

CCU answered those runs, as they had done all weekend, and pulled ahead. However, with players on base, McWhorter showed out again and hit a double to drive in a run for the Eagles.

Ledford stepped up to the plate shortly after that and hit a single to right field with bases loaded and with two more runs for the Eagles, they were able to gain back the lead.

Fast forward to the seventh inning and senior Tristan Roberts walked to the mound ready to handle business. This was his first appearance throwing strikes since early March and he was able to keep CCU from scoring any runs.

With four more runs added in the last few innings of the game, the Eagles were able to top the Chanticleers 13-7 and were ready to take the victory, but CCU was not done playing baseball.

CCU was able to add a three run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, followed by a double, however the Eagles came out on top winning the last game at 13-12.

GS now stands at 23-17 on the season and are going 10-8 for the conference. The Eagles will look to add a few more wins on the season in a five game week that’s up next on their schedule.

All five games will be played in J.I. Clements and the first of those will be against the Citadel on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The next day the Eagles will play their third game against the College of Charleston on Wednesday at 6 p.m. as well.

These two games will be live on the GS Sports Network and available to watch on True Blue TV.

And to finish out the week, South Alabama will travel to Statesboro for a three game series starting on Friday and going to Sunday. The first pitch Friday will be thrown at 6:30 p.m., Saturday is set for 3 p.m. and Sunday is set for 1 p.m.

The Friday contest will air on ESPN+, while the Thursday and Sunday games will be available on True Blue TV for fans to view.

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