Bullpen delivers for Eagles to earn win over Crusaders

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  • Freshman Noah Searcy had one hit and two RBIs in Wednesday night’s victory. 

Ryan Kostensky and Andrew Weimer

On Wednesday evening, following a postponement of their game on Tuesday, Georgia Southern’s baseball team took on Holy Cross out of Worcester, Massachusetts.

GS pulled out the win, having previously losing 3 out of their last 4 games. The pitching matchup was between Garret Keough (Holy Cross) and sophomore RHP, Zach Strickland (GS).

Both starters looked shaky to start the game. In the top of the 1st inning, Strickland only lasted 0.1 innings, facing only 5 batters while giving up 3 earned runs.

He was soon replaced by sophomore RHP, Braxton Johns. Johns would go on to retire the next two batters he faced.

The bottom of the 1st proved to the Eagles that they would not let their bad start get the best of them.

The scoring started with Mason McWhorter, sophomore first baseman, burning the left fielder to bring in 2 runs on a double.

The next batter, senior third baseman, Chandler Corley, also burned the left fielder to bring McWhorter home, tying the game at 3.

With two outs and Corley having moved over to 3rd, a wild pitch brought him home, giving the Eagles a 4-3 advantage heading into the 2nd inning.

It was the fifth inning, however, that was the deciding factor in the contest. Holy Cross coughed up three errors in the bottom half of the fifth, allowing the Eagles to score five runs, and blow the game wide open from a one-run lead to a six-run lead, 9-3.

GS scored in the bottom of the 7th, immediately followed by a leadoff homerun from Holy Cross in the top of the 8th.

Sophomore RHP, Eric Goldstein, came in to finish the job for GS in the top of the 9th.

He walked one and gave up a run, although it was unearned.

The last pitch of the game was a strike to get a Holy Cross player swinging, giving Goldstein 2 strikeouts in the inning, helping the Eagles to a victory of 10-5.

“The bullpen did a good job today,” Hennon said. “We obviously got off to a rough start, but I thought Braxton Johns picked us up and all those guys threw the ball well.”

GS travels to Southern Mississippi for a three-game series this weekend against a solid Golden Eagles squad, first pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Ryan Kostensky and Andrew Weimer, The George-Anne Sports Staff, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu