Georgia Southern baseball midseason report

Kevin Keneely

The Georgia Southern baseball team is entering the second half of the season with hopes of regaining momentum and winning the Sun Belt.

GSU is 16-12 on the season and 6-6 in conference play tying them with Little Rock at fourth place in the Sun Belt.

Entering the season the Eagles were awarded a pair of first place votes in the coaches poll, but were projected to finish sixth in the Sun Belt.

The team has been riding the success of their starting rotation, which has a combined 2.44 ERA and a 9-5 record from its main three starters, Evan Challenger, Brian Eichhorn and Chase Cohen. In Sun Belt play, those three have a 5-1 record and both Challenger and Eichhorn have a sub 2.00 ERA.

The team’s offense has been superb during conference play while outdoing their Sun Belt opponents in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and runs batted in.

Ryan Cleveland is leading the way in terms of offensive power this year with seven home runs on the season, three away from his career high that he set last season.

The only real concern the team is facing at the midway point of the season is on defense. With 43 errors on the season, the team has let some games get away from them and has resulted in them having a record worse than it probably should be.

GSU has proven that they can play with the best teams in the nation, as they have beat the #24 ranked College of Charleston team twice and has sent Georgia Tech, who at the time was ranked #17, into extra innings.

With the team’s success on both the offensive and pitching sides, they are poised to have a great run to finish the season as long as they can fix their defensive miscues.