Eagles go 3-4 over the break

Layne Saliba

The Georgia Southern baseball team played seven games over Spring Break. Of those seven games, the Eagles won three. It was not a perfect stretch, but the Eagles still came out with one series victory of the two they played.

Georgia Southern (14-11, 6-3) has played well on the weekends throughout the season. And that’s no surprise with the way the weekend starting pitchers have been playing.

The Friday starter, redshirt sophomore Evan Challenger holds a 1.02 ERA, the best of the three weekend starters. Challenger (2-0) has pitched just over 35 innings and has tallied 27 strikeouts.

He had his best game of the season against Troy over the break. He fell just short of a complete game, pitching eight innings. He only let up three hits and sat down five at the plate.

Saturday’s starter, senior Tripp Sheppard, has a 3.42 ERA. Sheppard (1-2) has been able to strike out 21 batters in his 23.2 innings.

Sheppard’s best game of the season was against Arkansas State last weekend. Sheppard pitched 6.2 innings, letting up just three hits and striking out four.

Freshman Connor Simmons is the starter on Sunday and falls right behind Challenger with a 1.35 ERA. However, Simmons (1-1) has only struck out 18 in his 26.2 innings pitched.

Additionally, Simmons struggled a little in the games over the break. He played 7.1 total innings and let up seven hits with only two strikeouts.

However, the bats seemed to be working well for the Eagles over the break – especially for senior RF Aaron Mizell. He hit a combined four home runs throughout the seven game stretch. He leads the team with six total home runs and holds a .266 batting average.

Sophomore SS Cal Baker, senior C Chase Griffin and junior 3B Spencer Duffie each contributed one home run as well.

Nevertheless, when it comes to mid-week contests, the Eagles continue to struggle. They have yet to win a game during the week and a large part could be due to pitching. The one mid-week game the team played over the break was against The Citadel. The Eagles used seven pitchers who let up a combined 10 hits, four runs scored, all earned, and only seven batters were struck out.

The Eagles look to change that today as they take on Kennesaw State in Kennesaw. If that does not work out, the Eagles will have another chance on Wednesday at J.I. Clements Stadium against Jacksonville. First pitch for that game is set for 6 p.m.