Baseball season full of bumpy roads, shining moments and teamwork

Photo by Mick Miller

Donald Coe

This season for the Eagles has been a fun ride so far, from the first pitch to open the season to the pitch that sealed a series victory against Coastal Carolina.

There was a great fan turn out to the opening series against Middle Tennessee that saw the Eagles drop the first game, but win the second in one of the most dramatic games of the season. They would ultimately win the series over the Blue Raiders.

One of the cool moments for the season was against the University of Georgia, when fans where to told to pack the park, and that is exactly what happened. A new attendance record was set for J.I. Clements Stadium, at 3,435 fans.

The freshmen on this Eagle team have come onto the scene in a big way, with Steven Curry and Mitchell Golden entering the starting lineup since game one.

Mason McWhorter came into the picture midway through the first series against Middle Tennessee, where he was able to get the team their first win of the year with an exciting walk off single in extra innings. Since then, all of these freshmen have been a burst of energy in the Eagle lineup, with all of them hitting over .300.

One of the biggest bounce back stories of the year happened to senior shortstop Evan McDonald. In the final game of the series against UGA, McDonald was standing on deck when a foul ball came straight his way and struck him in the head.

He was taken off the field by ambulance, and the Eagles would rally to win the game 2-1. It can be argued that this moment was one of the turning points for the Eagles this year.

Sun Belt play opened with a splash, with the Eagles facing off against one of the premier teams in the conference, South Alabama. The Eagles fired on all cylinders in the first game, taking it 8-5.

The next two games did not go the Eagles’ way, though. The rest of conference play has gone the Eagles’ way so far, as they won every weekend series, including their most impressive series win against defending national champion Coastal Carolina at their place.

If the rest of this season is anything like how it has been thus far, it will be an exciting ending, full of twists and turns the rest of the way.