GS Baseball take hard fought rivalry series with App State

Photo by Mick Miller

Donald Coe

Thursday

In a rivalry series, it is good to start off ahead, and that is exactly what the Eagles did. They took out the App State Mountaineers 6-2.

The Eagles fell behind early in the first after a Mountaineer single put them up 1-0, but in the third inning, freshman Jacob Greene smacked his third home run of the season to even things at one.

The big inning for the Eagles was the fourth, where they were able to break the game open with four runs, starting with an RBI single from senior Evan McDonald.

The Eagles got another quality start from senior pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan. The right hander went 7.1 innings on the mound, giving up only two runs and improving to 4-0 on the season.

Junior pitcher Connor Simmons came into the game in the eighth, allowing the Mountaineers no runs and finishing off the game with a 6-2 victory for the good guys.

Friday

Friday’s game showed that one wrong inning can change the complexity of the game, and a seven-run third inning for the Mountaineers did the Eagles in.

The Mountaineers hit four home runs in the inning and chased starting sophomore pitcher Brian Eichhorn out of the contest. The Eagles went on to drop the middle game to the Mountaineers 7-3.

In the seventh inning, freshman Mason McWhorter launched a pitch over the left field fence for his second home run of the season and his first at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Hits were tough to come by for the Eagles, as Eagle hitters combined for 18 total strikeouts in the loss.

Saturday

After suffering a tough loss in game two, the Eagles came out with a fire lit under them for game three.

Behind as much as 4-2, the Eagles fought and battled back, scoring four unanswered runs in two innings to take a 6-4 lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

Sophomore Tyler Martin hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to cap off the scoring for the Eagles.

Senior Landon Hughes pitched a great game out of the bullpen in this one, going three and two-thirds innings, giving up no hits and no runs. He was able to set the tone for the pitching staff for the rest of the game.

Freshman Seth Shuman came out of the bullpen in the ninth inning, making his first appearance since March 18, to get his first career save.