Eagles drop Sun Belt Opening Series to South Alabama

Donald Coe

Friday

Game one was full of ups and downs for the Eagles. For every punch that the Jaguars threw Georgia Southern’s way, the Eagles responded with a stronger punch of their own.

Trailing as much as 5-2, the Eagles were able to regroup with some timely hitting from freshmen Mitchell Golden, who had a three hit game, and Mason McWhorter to trim the USA lead to 5-4 in the fifth inning.

With guys on second and third and two outs, senior Jordan Wren stepped up to the plate and smacked a hit to left field that was misplayed by the Jaguar left fielder allowing the Eagles to go up 6-5.

The Eagles would tag on two more in the bottom of the eighth and ultimately hold on for a complete 8-5 team victory.

Saturday

Game two turned out to be a rocky road for the Eagles falling to the Jaguars 19-6. The game was highlighted offensively for the Eagles with Jordan Wren smacking his first homerun of the season and had a career high four RBIs, but the downfall on the pitching and defensive end was the big innings produced by the Jaguars, including a 9 run fourth.

Sophomore Brian Eichhorn lasted three and a third innings on the mound giving up seven runs. This loss for the Eagles set up a rubber match in game three against South Alabama.

Sunday

Game three saw the Eagles drop the series 2-1 to the Jaguars, getting blanked 5-0. The downfall for the Eagles in this game was on the offensive side, striking out 13 times and not being able to advance runners.

Chase Cohen started on the mound for the Eagles and had a solid day, going four and a third innings giving up only three hits and three runs, but was saddled with the loss. Freshman Cameron Hankins picked up his first collegiate hit in the seventh inning, advancing Jordan Wren to third, but the Eagles could not get the run in.

Georgia Southern begins a two game midweek series with the Citadel, playing at their place on Tuesday and returning to J.I. Clements Stadium on Wednesday.