Georgia Southern uses home run ball to power past ULM in Sun Belt action

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Keith Smiley

The Georgia Southern University softball team took the fight to UL Monroe over the weekend and picked up a pair of wins against the Warhawks.

Game 1

The Eagles showed no rust from the long trip, as they grabbed the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday 9-4. GSU’s Emily Snider and Morgan Robinson were able to get the Eagles on the board early in the top of the first inning with two scores.

ULM’s Cheyanne Lyon got her team on the board in the second inning with a solo home run to right field. GSU C A.J Hamilton didn’t let the Warhawks shot go unanswered, as she responded back quickly with her home run at the top of the third inning. ULM wasn’t able to respond, eventually losing 9-4 to GSU in the first game of the double header.

Game 2

GSU’s momentum continued into the next game, beating ULM 6-1 to sweep the first two games of the series. Alesha Mann’s home run in the second inning helped jump off an early 3-0 lead over the Warhawks. Robinson followed with a home run of her own in the next inning, boosting the lead up to 4-0. ULM was able to get on the board in the next inning, but GSU controlled the rest of the game on their way to a 6-1 victory.

“It’s big to win series, especially in conference play. I was really happy for and proud of our team today because it is our goal every weekend to go out and win series,” GSU head coach Annie Smith said in an interview after the game. “I was pleased with the effort and performance up and down our lineup – at the plate, on the mound and defensively. I thought we played good softball in both games against a tough UL Monroe team. They are a team that fights inning after inning, so to come out with two wins today was great.”

Game 3

ULM was able to bounce back Sunday in the last game of the series, beating GSU 4-3. It wasn’t an easy win for the hosts, as the Eagles put up a tough fight after being down 3-0. They got on the board in the fifth inning, scoring twice off a home run by Macy Weeks and a single by Rowan McGuire. ULM answered back at the bottom of the fifth with a run to extend their lead and seal the win.

The Eagles will be looking to win another three game series next Saturday, as they take on Appalachian State at Eagle Field. First pitch is Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m.