From Georgia Southern Sports Information:
STATESBORO, Ga. – Ben Morgan
breaks open a tie ball game with a two-RBI single as the Georgia
Southern Eagles rallied from a four-run deficit to take the series from
the Appalachian State Mountaineers 10-7 on Sunday at J.I. Clements
Georgia Southern (19-6, 3-3 SoCon) scored seven runs in the eighth
inning to rally from a 7-3 deficit and win their first series against
Appalachian State (6-16, 1-2 SoCon) since 2010. The victory also handed Rodney Hennon his 600th career victory in his 17th season as a head coach.
“I am really proud of our team. We got off to a shaky start, and
Appalachian State swung the bats well and hit a couple of big home runs
to jump out to that lead, but our kids just hung in there,” Hennon said.
Mountaineer starter Jeffrey Springs retired the first batter of the eighth inning but allowed a double to Ryan Cleveland and exited after Garrett Chapman
reached on a catcher's interference. Springs received a no decision
after allowing five runs and striking out seven over 7.1 innings.
After a walk loaded the bases in the eighth, Dalton Busby laced a ball right at third baseman William Head, who was unable to get an out, scoring a run. Kody Adams
drove in two more with a single to center field and Busby scored two
batters later on a wild pitch. Morgan plated the go-ahead runs with a
base hit through the right side of the defense and later scored on a
“We had some really big at-bats in the eighth inning, especially the big hit from Ben Morgan to finally give us the lead,” Hennon said. “Our guys grinded things out and it got contagious.”
The rally handed Ryan Frederick
the win. Frederick (3-0) retired all six batters he faced and struck
out two in the ninth inning to close the book on the come from behind
Dallas DeVrieze faced three batters and all three reached base on a
walk, hit and an error. DeVrieze (0-2) took the loss after allowing
three runs and was unable to record an out in the eighth inning.
Appalachian State got a first inning run after Will Middour walked Michael Pierson with the bases loaded. Morgan tied the game for GSU with a two-out home run in the third inning.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after Adams hit his fourth home run of the
season in the fifth inning, a two-out shot over the Walker Pharmacy
Homer Hole sign in right field.
The Mountaineers rallied back with home runs of their own, scoring four
runs on a pair of long balls from Tyler Stroup and Alex Leach in the
sixth inning and again in the seventh inning when Pierson drove in two
with a home run to right field.
Baseball is on the road for the rest of March and will travel to
Jacksonville Tuesday to take on the North Florida Ospreys. First pitch
is set for 6 p.m.