No home away from home Eagles struggle away from the nest

Trevor Mcnaboe

J.I Clements Stadium embodies the saying “home field advantage” this year for the Georgia Southern University baseball team.

Coming off one of the team’s best starts in school history, one glaring trend stuck out: the Eagles are a sub .500 when they travel outside of Statesboro.

Currently GSU sits at 21-9 overall this season with 17 wins coming at home and a minuscule three losses to put the teams winning percentage at a whopping .850.

The team, when playing at home, has yet to be shut out and averages 8.9 runs per game, while that offensive output dips down to 5.5 runs a game including being shut out twice on the road.

Traditionally teams play better at home due to the fact that it provides a more comfortable and friendly environment, for the most part you know your own ballpark and do not have to deal with the fans.

GSU at home has an average win margin of 5.5 runs almost doubling opponents’ scoring output.

Defensively the Eagles on the road have a 4.29 earned run average as a pitching staff, while at home it drops significantly to 2.50.

In the past two seasons GSU has won fewer games on the road (13) at this point than they have won at home this season (17).

Of the 26 remaining games on the schedule for the Eagles, 14 of them will be on the road. In order for GSU to try and host a postseason regional they will have to win a majority of the games or face hostile crowds.

The key to success for the Eagles for the remainder of the season will not be the team’s dominance at home, but rather the adjustments they make on the road as they enter the large portion of in-conference play.

GSU will kick off a four-game road trip beginning with The Citadel for a weekend series on Friday and finishing with a one-game trip to Atlanta to take on the Georgia Institute of Technology on Tuesday.