Statesboro, GA – The Georgia Southern Eagles hosted the North Florida Ospreys in a one game series tonight, Wednesday, May 11th. Things started heating up for the Eagles in the bottom of third, as CJ Ballard doubled to left field allowing Kent Rollins to score. The Eagles blanked North Florida, 2-0. Head baseball coach Rodney Hennon, accomplished a milestone and gained his 600th career win.
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STATESBORO, GA. – Georgia Southern Baseball answered the bell on Wednesday, taking a 2-0 win over North Florida to give Head Coach Rodney Hennon his 600th win with the Eagles. Georgia Southern atoned for a 13-4 loss to the Ospreys in Jacksonville just 24 hours prior with the shutout win. Next up is a series with Clemson this weekend at J.I. Clements Stadium.
The Eagles improve to 30-20 on the year and lifting Coach Hennon’s career record to 681-371-1 overall and 600-412 in the Blue and White. North Florida falls to 31-17 on the year.
Head Coach Rodney Hennon
“I’m proud of the way our guys responded after a tough game last night,” said Coach Hennon. “It was important, regardless of the number of wins, for us to bounce back and play well at home. I thought Brian Eichhorn was outstanding on the mound and that was really good to see. We played good defense behind him which is always a good thing. It was a big win for this team, but as far as the number is concerned, I’m so blessed to be a part of this program for 17 years now. This program is a lot bigger than just one person so I’d like to thank, the players, coaches, administration, our families and our fans who have helped us be successful.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brian Eichhorn – RHP – Fr. – Richmond Hill, Ga.
7.0 IP // 5H // 0R // 1BB // 5K // WIN
Brian Eichhorn was outstanding to stymie the North Florida offense which tagged the Eagles for 20 hits just 24 hours prior. The freshman right hander allowed just five hits without giving up a run for his first combined shutout. He finished one off a career-high strikeouts with five while going a half inning shorter than his career long.
BOTTOM 3RD – A leadoff double down the line from Kent Rollins got the Eagles in business in the third. After a sacrifice moved him along to third, CJ Ballard drove Rollins in with a double down the line of his own, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead after three.
BOTTOM 6TH – Georgia Southern got another run in the sixth off three hits in the frame. Jordan Wren hit a soft liner to left to plate Logan Baldwin from third to make it a 2-0 lead for the good guys.
– Brian Eichhorn made his first start on the mound since April 24th and opened the night by retiring the first 10 batters in order. He ultimately picked up his first win since March 26th to improve to 4-2 on the year.
– The Eagle Bullpen did the rest, working the final two innings without a batter reaching base. Adam Kelly tossed a perfect eighth while Anthony Paesano got the first out of the ninth. Landon Hughes came in to work to a pair of right handed batters and struck both out to earn the save.
– The shutout was Georgia Southern’s fourth of the season and the first since a 6-0 shellacking of UT Arlington on April 16th.
The Clemson Tigers come to Statesboro this weekend for a three game non-conference series at the friendly confines. Friday’s series opener is Baseball Jersey Night with fans encouraged to wear their favorite Major League team’s jersey to the park. Saturday’s game is Popsicle Night presented by Food World. Both games start at 7 p.m. with the series finale set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.