Eagles lose first weekend series

Layne Saliba

It was a low scoring game, and Georgia Southern attempted to make a late comeback, but Troy University finally ousted the Eagles 2-1 in game three of the series on Sunday afternoon.

This is the first weekend series that Georgia Southern (12-9, 4-2 SBC) has lost this season. Additionally, it is their second Sun Belt loss.

Freshman LHP Connor Simmons took the loss on the mound for the Eagles after pitching 4.1 innings. Simmons (1-1) gave uptwo unearned runs on two errors in the fifth inning and struck out two of the 19 batters he faced.

Junior LHP Jason Richman came in to relieve Simmons for the final 3.2 innings of the game. He allowed one unearned run on four hits.

There is not much to complain about when it comes to the pitching staff in game three. Only two pitchers were showcased, and they did very well.

It all comes down to errors. The Eagles have to find a way to limit these. The only inning that Troy (9-11, 2-4 SBC) scored in, the Eagles committed two errors that gave Troy a 2-0 advantage.

The Eagles answered, however. The only run that they were able to plate came off the bat of senior RF Aaron Mizell. He sent one over the left-field fence in the top of the seventh inning making it a 2-1 game.

Late in the ninth inning, senior 1B Chase Griffin reached on an infield single, hoping to gain the Eagles one more run. Then, redshirt junior LF Hunter Thomas came to the plate and blasted a double to right center. Junior PR Cody Lanford tried to make it home, but was thrown out to end the game.

“Troy executed the relay and made a perfect throw on the last play,” head coach Rodney Hennon said in a post-game interview. “We got a big hit from Hunter Thomas in that situation. We were running on contact with two outs and you have to give it a shot. It was a bang, bang play at the plate.”

The Eagles will be on the road again on Tuesday as they take on The Citadel. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.