Georgia Southern jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held on to defeat Georgia Tech 4-3 Wednesday night in front of the second-largest crowd ever at J.I. Clements Field in Statesboro.
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RELEASE FROM GEORGIA SOUTHERN SPORTS COMMUNICIATIONS:
Baseball Perseveres in One-Run Game
STATESBORO, Ga. – Matt McCall tossed three scoreless innings
to preserve the Georgia Southern Eagles' 4-3 victory over the Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets in front of 3,213 fans, the second largest crowd in J.I.
Clements Stadium history, on Wednesday.
Georgia Southern (3-1) went ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the
fourth following a fielding error by the first baseman A.J. Murray, which
allowed Dalton Busby to score from second base.
Georgia Tech (1-3) struck for two runs in the seventh inning
and threatened to tie the game in the top of the seventh before McCall struck
out Murray to leave a runner stranded at second base. McCall (2) earned his
second save in as many opportunities after retiring all nine batters he faced.
“I thought our guys handled the situation very well. Matt
McCall did a nice job closing out the ninth. With a one-run lead, he went out
there and threw strikes,” said Head Coach Rodney Hennon. “It was good for us to
be in that situation. The three games on the road [at Georgia] on the weekend
were one-sided games. It was good to be in a close one.”
Pitching in relief of the starter Eric Alonzo, Jason Richman
earned the win after throwing two scoreless frames. Richman (2-0) worked around
a lead off double in the third inning and a one-out single in the fourth to
earn his second win of the season.
Zac Ryan started the game for the Yellow Jackets and gave up
three runs over 2.2 innings. Ryan (0-2) was saddled with his second loss of the
season after allowing two runs on two hits in the third inning.
Alonzo made his first career start for the Eagles and gave
up one run over two innings. He worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first
inning but allowed a lead off walk to score in the second inning on a double by
The Eagles finished with 11 hits with three coming from
Aaron Mizell. Mizell drove in a run in the third inning with a single to right
field and is now nine for 17 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in his
first four games as an Eagle.
Baseball continues a five-game home stand at J.I. Clements
Stadium this weekend. The Eagles host Maryland Eastern Shore for four games
starting on Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday with a
doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
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Notes: Ben Morgan's eight game hit streak came to an end…
Morgan went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored… Seven of the nine Eagle
hitters recorded a hit with Dalton Busby and Aaron Mizell recording