It was an eventful opening weekend at J.I. Clements Stadium that saw the Eagles overcome a couple of deficits to take two out of three games from Middle Tennessee.
Game one started as much anticipated for Eagle fans who saw Brian Eichhorn take the mound. Eichhorn had to navigate through the tough Blue Raider offense, as he went four innings while giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Georgia Southern was able to come back to tie the game at five late in the bottom of the sixth to force extra innings, but they couldn’t hold on in the tenth and fell 6-5.
Game two saw the Eagles struggle again being down 6-0 with no answer for Blue Raider pitcher Tyler Hasper who gave up just two hits and struck out 11 Eagle batters in his six innings of work. Then the magic grew for the Eagles, scoring two in the seventh before exploding in the ninth.
Tyler Martin led off the inning with a long home run over the left field fence, before the Eagles were able to load the bases. One of the senior leaders of this ballclub, Ryan Cleveland stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He was able to find his pitch and rip it down the right field line to tie up the game with three RBIs.
The Eagles were again able to load the bases in the tenth, when their unlikely hero, freshman Mason McWhorter, stepped to the dish and delivered an epic walk-off single to give the team their first victory of the season.
The rubber match on Sunday had the Eagles take an early lead and get a solid start from Chase Cohen before they found themselves down again in the late innings. The guys were able to chip away at the struggling Middle Tennessee bullpen until Evan McDonald hit a go-ahead two-RBI single in the seventh to guide the Eagles to a series win.
The relief pitching for the Eagles was excellent holding the Blue Raiders scoreless in the final four innings. The Eagles were able to cap off a nice series win with a strong showing on Sunday.
The Eagles have their first midweek game of the season when they welcome Georgia Tech to J.I. Clements Stadium, Tuesday night at 6 p.m.