Eagles open conference play with series win


DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

After starting the season 11-5, the Eagle baseball program began conference play with a series win over rival Appalachian State.

On Friday, the Eagles stole an opening win, 7-6, despite a late-game surge from Appalachian State.

Eight different Eagles recorded at least one hit, highlighted by Noah Searcy’s scorching hot four-hit performance. Jarrett Brown and Christian Avant also chipped in home runs.

On the mound, Jaylen Paden threw five strong innings, giving up just four runs and recording the win for GS.

The Eagles clinched the series on Saturday with a convincing 5-2 victory.

Avant and Jesse Sherrill led the charge offensively, both recording two hits on the game.

However, transfer pitcher Ty Fisher—less than a month after a ball hit him in the face—threw seven scoreless innings and stole the show in the win.

The Eagle bats defense out of steam on Sunday as the Mountaineers closed the weekend with an 11-6 victory.

GS recorded 12 hits, but left eight runners stranded in a frustrating offensive performance.

The effort on the mound came by committee, with six pitchers seeing time on Sunday. Ben Johnson was credited with the loss, which moves his record to 1-2 on the season.

Following the weekend, the Eagles now sit at 13-7 on the season. After the opening weekend across the conference, GS sits at No. 5 in the Sun Belt Conference standings.

GS will be back in action on Tuesday, when they host College of Charleston for a midweek affair. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN+.