GSU Baseball tops UNCG Saturday Afternoon

From Georgia Southern Sports Information:

STATESBORO, Ga. – Garren Palmer's three-RBI double capped off a six-run fifth inning and helped the Georgia Southern Eagles even the series with the UNCG Spartans with a 10-6 victory on Saturday.

Palmer was three for three on the day with two walks and three RBI and helped Georgia Southern (25-12, 8-6) rally from a one-run deficit in the fifth inning.

The Eagles sent 12 men to the plate in that inning and scored six unearned runs on four hits and three UNCG (16-17, 3-7) errors.

C.J. Brazil reached second base to open the frame on a hit and an error. Brazil later escaped a run down and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Sean Guite. Cal Baker reached safely during the same at-bat after pitcher Max Povse lost his footing on a squibbler down the first base line and advanced to third base during the run down attempt.

GSU also got RBI hits from Kody Adams and Chase Griffin in that inning before the starter Povse was lifted. Brennen James was brought on to face Garren Palmer, who laced a ball into left center field to clear the bases and give the Eagles a 8-3 lead.

“I am proud of the way our team responded today. It wasn't pretty, but I am really proud of the effort that we got from every guy on the field and every guy in the dugout. It was a good team win,” Head Coach Rodney Hennon said.

The rally gave Josh Wirsu his seventh victory of the season. Wirsu (7-2) allowed five runs – two earned – on five hits and four walks. The junior righthander struck out just one batter and pitched into the sixth inning.

Povse (4-3) allowed eight runs – two earned – on six hits and four walks in the loss. The righthander tossed 4.1 innings and struck out three batters on 85 pitches.

Jason Richman retired seven batters before allowing a single in the eighth inning, and Eric Alonzo allowed just a solo home run in the ninth inning to close out the win for the Eagles.

“Josh competed on the mound, and I thought Jason Richman came in and did his job. Cal Baker getting his first start out there did some good things for us today as well,” Hennon said.

GSU finished with 10 hits with two each coming from Griffin and C.J. Brazil. Brazil drove in two runs in the second inning with a two-out single.

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