Spring break outlook for baseball

Layne Saliba

The Georgia Southern baseball team will play a total of seven games over Spring Break, including two weekend series against conference opponents Troy and Arkansas State.

The Eagles are currently hitting .263 collectively with junior left fielder Kody Adams leading the team with a .372 batting average. Senior catcher Chase Griffin leads the team with 20 hits while senior right fielder Aaron Mizell leads the team with 13 runs. Senior designated hitter Hunter Thomas came out of last weekend with two walk-off hits and leads the team with 11 RBIs and three homeruns. 

The pitching staff holds a 3.36 ERA on the season with junior left-handed pitcher Jason Richman at a perfect 3-0 record. Junior right-handed pitcher Chris Brown boasts a total of six saves for the Eagles in his 11.1 innings pitched.

All the teams the Eagles play over Spring Break have a worse record – in the regular season and in conference play. If the Eagles are able to come out with two series wins, they should be sitting comfortably at the top of the Sun Belt standings. This would be surprising to some since the Eagles have been projected to finish near the middle of the pack.

There is a lot of season left to play, but the Eagles have the chance to pull ahead in the conference early over the next week.

Georgia Southern vs. Troy

The Trojans stack up nicely against the Eagles with a .264 batting average. However, Troy’s Trevin Hall has a .720 slugging percentage, the best amongst the two teams.

The Eagles have not lost a weekend series thus far. But, all of those games have been at home.

Georgia Southern has lost its only game away from J.I. Clements, so playing at Troy may be a struggle. The home field advantage plays a big role when teams come to Statesboro, but Georgia Southern has not been tested on the road enough yet to judge their performance fairly.

Georgia Southern vs. The Citadel

The Bulldogs also have a batting average comparable to the Eagles at .258. Yet, there is no standout player at the plate.

The Citadel is playing right at .500 on the season, so the Eagles hold that advantage over them with a .688 percentage.

This is a mid-week Tuesday game in Charleston, S.C., so it is another game like the one the Eagles have already lost. After the Troy series, the Eagles may be tired from being on the road for three games, and then having to travel again to South Carolina. But, the outcome should shape up nicely if the Eagles play as they have at home.

Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas State

The Red Wolves are hitting the ball a little better than Georgia Southern with a .274 average. However, Arkansas State has fewer hits and fewer runs.

They also only have 87 strikeouts against the Eagles’ 149, which is a cause for concern. The Georgia Southern pitching staff will have to bring their best pitching in order to strikeout batters at the plate for this weekend series.

Luckily, they will be back in Statesboro for this one. However, due to the break, the home field advantage may not be as prominent as it usually is.