Eagles fall to ACC foe at home

Photo by Mick Miller

Thomas Jilk

The Georgia Southern baseball team on Tuesday lost, 10-3, at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro.

GT junior outfielder Kel Johnson homered three times in the game – two solo shots and a two-run home run for a total of 4 RBIs. Johnson homered in the third, seventh and ninth innings.

The Eagles got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, already down 7-0. Sophomore outfielder C.J. Ballard singled to drive in freshman first basemen Roury Glanton. Then, in the sixth inning, senior outfielder Jordan Wren singled to drive home Ballard, making the score 7-2.

GT’s Johnson proceeded to homer twice in the next three innings to stretch the Yellow Jacket lead to 10-2. The Eagles scored one more run in the ninth on a single by senior shortstop Evan McDonald, to push the final score to 10-3.

GS had 14 hits in the game to GT’s 13, but the visitors from Atlanta made their count much more than the Eagles did. GS used nine different pitchers in the game, while Tech relied on their starter for 4 2/3 innings before handing the ball to their relievers. The Jackets’ timely power offense provided the separation in the game.

The Eagles prepare to play the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game series this weekend in Statesboro, with game one beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.