Georgia Southern scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back beating Clemson 14-5 Tuesday evening at J.I. Clements Stadium in Statesboro. Former Effingham County High School and SCAD pitcher Ryan Frederick picked up the win.
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STATESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Southern Eagles scored seven
runs over the first three frames and ran away with the mid-week series opener
against the 13th ranked Clemson Tigers 14-5 at J.I. Clements Stadium Tuesday.
Ryan Frederick held Clemson (12-7) scoreless over the first
three innings as Georgia Southern (17-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Frederick
(2-0) pitched into the fourth inning and earned the win in his first mid-week
start of the season.
“Ryan did a nice job for us starting the ball game. We made
a couple of big defensive plays behind him and getting the three spot early for
him to pitch with was big,” Head Coach Rodney Hennon said.
The Eagles tallied 13 hits and walked a season-best 11 times
en route to snapping a 13-game losing streak in the series that dates back to
2001. Aaron Mizell led the offense charge with four RBI and his team-leading
ninth home run of the season. Stryker Brown and Ben Morgan both tallied three
hits, while Aaron Palmer walked four times.
“I thought we had a good approach overall,” Hennon said. “We
showed some discipline at the plate and got into some good counts. We were able
to make some big things happen.”
Making his second career start against GSU, Zack Erwin
allowed seven runs and left in the third inning after walking Brown to load the
bases for the third time that inning. The Eagles scored four runs that frame on
three hits and three bases-loaded walks. Erwin (1-1) suffered his first loss of
the season after allowing five hits and four walks over 2.2 innings.
Clemson finished with 10 hits with five of the top six
batters in the order recording two hits apiece. Steve Wilkerson drove in two
runs with a double in the sixth inning and a sacrifice fly in the ninth
The Eagles opened the scoring with three runs in the first
inning. Dalton Busby scored the game's first run after evading the tag of first
baseman Jon McGibbon during a run down between third base and home plate. Ryan
Cleveland followed Chase Griffin's RBI fielder's choice with a two-RBI double.
GSU scored a combined five runs in the middle three innings
with two coming on a Kody Adams homer in the fourth inning. Mizell hit a
two-run home run in the fifth inning and plated a run in the sixth inning with
a sacrifice fly.
Clemson scored three runs in the ninth inning, their most of
any inning. Garrett Boulware started the scoring with a RBI single and later
scored on a Steve Wilkerson sacrifice fly. Steven Duggar plated the second run
of the inning with another sacrifice fly.
The mid-week series concludes tomorrow at 4 p.m. Righthander
Caleb Pressey will make his first start of the season for the Eagles. The
Tigers will counter with righthander Brody Koerner.