Eagles host Trojans as regular season winds down

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  • Freshman Christian Avant is second on the team in batting average with .281.

Kaitlin Sells

Coming off a series win over Texas State, Georgia Southern looks to extend their winning streak of two in upcoming series against Troy.

Troy (31-14; 13-8)

The Trojans bat a high team average of .293, with Joey Denison leading with a .379 average. Denison has also notched 47 runs and 66 hits. Matt Sanders follows close behind Denison, with his 63 runs and 67 hits for the season along with a .370 batting average.

Pitching-wise we can expect to see Andrew Crane on the mound and pitching for the Trojans, as he’s got an ERA of 3.56 for the 65.2 innings he’s pitched this season. Along with that Crane has also thrown 53 strikeouts. CJ Carter can also be expected on the mound with his 3.91 ERA for the season along with 57 strikeouts.

Georgia Southern (22-21; 12-8)

Georgia Southern has had a pretty even season so far, having a total record of 22-21, but being successful at home with a 15-9 record. The Eagles are on a current win streak of two as they look to further improve their conference record of 12-8.

The Eagles swing a batting average of .239 as a team, with freshman Jason Swan leading with a .281 average along with 14 runs and 38 hits. Trailing close behind Swan is another freshman Christian Avant who also bats an average of .281 and has logged 19 runs and 32 hits for GS. Sophomore Mason McWhorter is another to watch for as he’s been hot on the bats this season with his seven homeruns, 31 runs, and 42 hits.

It’s no doubt we’ll probably see junior Brian Eichhorn on the mound this weekend for the Eagles as he has an ERA of 3.41 and has thrown an impressive 85 strikeouts in the 71.1 innings he’s played this season. Along with Eichhorn we can look to see sophomore Seth Shuman who has an ERA of 4.79 for the 71.1 innings played this season along with 69 strikeouts.

All three games will be played over the course of the weekend of May 4. Game one will be on Friday at 6:30 p.m., game two will be played the following Saturday at 3 p.m., and the series will wrap up with game three on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu