Eagles split double header with Troy

Layne Saliba

After Friday’s game was cancelled due to rain, the Georgia Southern and Troy University baseball teams were forced to play a double header on Saturday. The teams split the games with Georgia Southern taking the first 15-1 and Troy taking the second game 6-1.

Game 1

Georgia Southern (12-8, 4-1 SBC) scored in almost every inning, recording 20 hits and 14 total RBIs. 

Sophomore LHP Evan Challenger took the win for the Eagles and remains perfect on the season. Challenger (2-0) almost went a complete game but was taken out after eight innings. He threw 107 pitches while letting up one unearned run on three hits. He also recorded five strikeouts.

Senior LF Kody Adams had one of his best games this season after going 4-5 and scoring three runs. The most impressive thing about his game was three of his four hits were doubles. 

Senior RF Aaron Mizell went 3-5 while tallying four RBIs and two singles. Sophomore SS Cal Baker went 2-3 while recording three RBIs. Senior 3B Dalton Busby went 4-4 and redshirt junior DH Hunter Thomas went 2-4.

A quiet first inning for the Eagles gave Troy (8-11, 1-4 SBC) the opportunity to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Georgia Southern played sloppy and let Troy’s senior RHP Clay Holcomb reach on a fielding error. After a sacrifice bunt and a third base steal, Holcomb came home on a single to shortstop.

That was it for the Trojans, however. They were not able to plate any more runs throughout the remainder of the game.

Georgia Southern showed the complete opposite. With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, Mizell singled through the right side, scoring Thomas, Adams and freshman 2B Jordan Howard. The Eagles scored one more run in the sixth and got out to a 12-1 lead.

The Eagles scored three more runs over the next three innings to get the 15-1 win in game one of the double header.

Game 2

Senior RHP Tripp Sheppard took the loss after pitching four innings. Sheppard (1-2) allowed four hits on nine runs.

Thomas, Adams and Senior C/1B Chase Griffin all went 1-4 on the night. The Eagles also racked up a total of 14 strikeouts.

Georgia Southern got off to a rough start in game two. In the ninth inning, freshman CF Logan Baldwin singled to shortstop and advanced to second on a throwing error. Adams then doubled to right center, scoring Baldwin, giving the Eagles their only run of the game.

Before that though, Troy had already scored six runs and that isall they needed to take the 6-1 victory in game two of the double header.

The Eagles will meet the Trojans one last time this weekend in an attempt to win yet another weekend series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.