Eagles drop home series to ULL, prepare for home game with Mercer

Kevin Keneely

Georgia Southern dropped another Sun Belt series at home this past weekend against UL Lafayette as they fell two games to one against the Cajuns.

Coming into the weekend, the Eagles had won back-to-back midweek games against the College of Charleston and Savannah State, putting up an incredible 29 runs in those two games. The team continued to swing the bats well as they put up 14 runs against the Cajuns this weekend.

The Eagles lone win came Saturday night with freshman Chase Cohen on the mound. Cohen picked up his third win of the season after going six innings with five strikeouts as GS went on to win 3-2.

Sunday’s loss was a tough one as the Eagles were down five runs early but made one of the best comebacks this season to take a 9-7 lead in the sixth inning.

“I like the way we battled back,” Head coach Rodney Hennon said. “I thought some of the guys in those middle innings came in out of the bullpen and did a nice job to give us a chance.”

The Eagles struggled to hold this lead as they gave up a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to give the Cajuns an 11-9 lead, and eventually went on to lose 13-9.

Hennon was not disappointed in his pitching at the end of the game, as he thought Bryon Yelverton threw a great pitch, but Brian Mills played the pitch perfectly and was able to take it deep.

“What I was disappointed in was the way we responded after that. It’s still a two run ball game at home and I didn’t think our at-bats were very good after they took the lead,” Hennon said.

The team needs to be better in those situations according to Hennon, and be able to keep on competing the same way they were before that grand slam was hit.

“That’s something that we’ve got to improve upon if we want to take it to the next level,” Hennon said.

This was the first time the Cajuns had come to Statesboro to take on the Eagles.

The Eagles will be looking to redeem themselves this week as they host Mercer Tuesday night and then travel to conference foe UT Arlington this weekend.