Eagles drop 16 inning game to Georgia Tech, bounce back against Radford

Kevin Keneely and Stephanie Matzelle


The Eagles bounced back after a 16 inning loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday by taking three out of four games against Radford University this weekend.

Wednesday night’s matchup against Georgia Tech was the longest game ever played between the two teams and was the longest game GSU had played in since April 21,1996 against Clemson, when the Eagles beat the Tigers 9-7 in 18 innings.

In the game, Yellow Jackets, CJ Ballard broke a school record with eight at bats, while CJ Brazil, Jordan Wren, Ryan Cleveland, Will Hudgins, Kent Rollins and Logan Baldwin all tied the record with seven at bats.

GSU had a 3-2 lead over GT heading into the top of the ninth inning before giving up a run to GT that tied the game up at 3 a piece.

The game went much longer than expected, ending in 16 innings after Brandon Gold hit a home run to deep center field, bringing in three runs for the Yellow Jackets and giving them a 6-3 lead that proved to be too much for the Eagles to over come in the end.

GSU was able to knock in two more runs in the bottom of the 16th inning as Zach Cowart hit a double to the left field wall that made the score 6-5.

“Sometimes that last out is the toughest to get,” GSU head coach Rodney Hennon said. “Nobody wants to win any worse than these kids.”

He was very happy with the way the team did not give up after not closing the game out in the ninth inning, he felt like these players could’ve easily just given up, but instead they kept fighting till the end.

“This is a team game, we win as a team, and we lose as a team,” Hennon said.

Regardless of the loss, Hennon believes that if his team keeps playing the way they played Wednesday night that it will pay off in the end.

“I thought we got a great effort from everybody on that pitching staff,” Hennon said. “Our guys kept battling right down till the last out.”

The Eagles were able to keep hitting the ball well during the four game series with Radford, putting 20 runs up against them.

Cleveland and Brazil led the way for the Eagles during this four game series with four hits apiece, while Baldwin contributed with six RBIs.

Evan Challenger, Chris Brown and Brian Eichhorn were able to pick up wins during this series. Challenger struck out a career high nine batters in his outing Friday night.

GSU looks to continue their success at home with a game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. against the College of Charleston. The game will be played on ESPN 3.