Eagles continue to struggle mid-week

Layne Saliba

The Georgia Southern baseball team only scored in one inning while North Florida recorded 14 hits, scoring in all but two innings on their way to a 13-3 victory in Statesboro on Wednesday night.

“I am really disappointed in the way we have played the game the last two days. That is not acceptable,” head coach Rodney Hennon said in a post-game interview.

The Eagles (11-7, 3-0 SBC) continue to have trouble with the pitching staff during the week and are trying to find a way to make something work.

With the loss, Georgia Southern continued their mid-week losing streak. They have lost all six of those contests this season – four at home and two away.

The Eagles pitched eight players on the night, but sophomore RHP Avery Fagan (0-1) accepted the loss in his first appearance this season. Fagan pitched the first two innings of the game and gave up one earned run off one hit, while striking out three of the eight batters he faced.

Each pitcher that followed Fagan pitched no more than 1.2 innings and all but two gave up at least one earned run.

It was not a pretty night at the plate for the Eagles either. The Eagles were held to just five hits on the night. However, sophomore 2B/SS Cal Baker was able to contribute two of those hits while going 2-3, scoring one run.

Junior C Andrew Kelley went 1-2 with one RBI and senior RF Aaron Mizell popped one up to score another.

The Ospreys (10-8) were able to rack up nine runs over six innings before the Eagles were able to plate any.

Brad Deppermann worked five scoreless innings for North Florida, but finally tripped up in the bottom of the sixth inning with a wild pitch. The Eagles used this little bit of life as Baker scored to cut the lead to eight runs.

Following the wild pitch, Mizell’s sacrifice fly to left field scored freshman CF Logan Baldwin and Kelley singled to right center, scoring senior DH Kody Adams. This brought the score to 9-3 and the Eagles were looking to stage a comeback.

That was it for the Eagles, however. They could not find a way to score any more runs. North Florida kept scoring and pulled away with four more runs over the next three innings, giving them the 13-3 win and sweeping the Eagles on the season.

The Eagles will return to action this weekend in Alabama as they take on the Troy Trojans in their second Sun Belt series. First pitch on Friday is set for 7 p.m.