Georgia Southern drops opening series to UGA

Kevin Keneely

The Eagles picked up their first win of the season off an 10th inning home run from Ryan Cleveland on Saturday. They will host Georgia Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the home opener.

The baseball team traveled to Athens this past weekend to take on the University of Georgia, but came up short in the opening series, dropping two games to one to the Bulldogs.

Ace pitcher, Evan Challenger took the mound Friday night, while freshmen pitchers Chase Cohen and Brian Eichhorn picked up the final two starts for the team.

The team picked up their first win Saturday while Cohen was on the mound. Cohen wasn’t awarded the win in his first collegiate start. Instead, closer Chris Brown picked up the team’s first win in relief.

Cohen pitched five shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out seven batters. However, the team had to go into extra innings against the Bulldogs before they could pick up their first win.

First basemen Ryan Cleveland hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the Eagles the lead, and Brown pitched a near perfect bottom of the inning, leading to the team’s first win.

The Eagles are now 1-2 after their first series and are preparing for their home opener this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. against the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. The game can be watched live on ESPN 3.

GT is ranked 21st overall and has started the season 3-0 after blowing out Purdue, Western Michigan and VCU all at home.

GT is returning all four of their starting pitchers from last season; Brandon Gold, Jonathan King, Ben Parr and Zac Ryan. Gold was their top pitcher from last season, going 7-3 with a 3.26 ERA.

GT will also be bringing back seven of their positional starters, including their top four hitters from last season; Ryan Peurifoy, Keenan Innis, Kel Johnson and Matt Gonzalez. Peurifoy led the team in hitting with a .324 batting average. Tech went 32-23 and finished 5th in the ACC last season.

Up until last season, the Yellow Jackets had made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Eagles will be looking for a strong outing from their fans this Wednesday as they try to get up to .500 on the season and defeat one of the nations top teams this Wednesday.