Eagles Walk-Off with Series Victory
STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Baseball team came from behind twice in the late innings and walked off with a pair of wins in a doubleheader with the Radford Highlanders. The Eagles won both games by a score of 7-6 and had to go to the bottom of the ninth in the first and the 11th in the second to secure the series victory at J.I. Clements Stadium Saturday.
Radford scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 6-4 lead on four-straight singles, but Georgia Southern rallied in the bottom frame to win 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Eagles scored a pair of two-out runs on a single from (Newnan, Ga.) and a hit by pitch of (Evans, Ga.). (Ypsilanti, Mich.) plated the first run of the inning on a single through the left side.
Blown saves by both closers erased solid starts from both staff aces and neither factored into the decision. (Jefferson, Ga.) was on the line for the win after allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven frames, but (Cartersville, Ga.) (W, 1-0) picked up the victory after the blown save by (Social Circle, Ga.). Abram Williams (L, 0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing the three ninth inning runs.
Eddie Butler held Georgia Southern to just three hits through the first five innings, but the Eagles finished the game with 11 hits. Jake Palese gave up four of those hits but lifted the bullpen with three innings of work in relief and allowed just one run. Butler walked six batters but gave up just one earned run and was forced to exit after throwing 103 pitches.
Radford cut the lead to just one run after scoring two runs in the eighth inning. A double by Matt Mack drove in the first run for the Highlanders, and Mack later scored on a sacrifice fly from Cory Turner. Matt Hillsinger led off the inning with a single and later scored the first run of the inning.
Georgia Southern took a 2-1 lead in the third inning with a pair of unearned runs and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go ahead by three runs. A solo homer from (Leesburg, Va.), the first of his collegiate career, led off the sixth inning and a lead off walk in the fifth inning came around to score on a ground out by (Evans, Ga.).
Georgia Southern trailed by two runs going into the final three frames but scored twice to tie and walked-off for the second time on Saturday with a 7-6 win in the 11th. (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) came up big off the bench and drove in the tying run in the eighth inning and scored the winning run in the 11th. The Eagles forced a blown save by Abrham Williams, his second of the day, in the process.
Another back-and-forth affair kept both starters out of the decision. (Eatonton, Ga.) (W, 1-0) picked up his first win of the new year with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out three of the five batters he faced in a bounce back performance from Wednesday. Jason Patten (L, 0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing the go ahead run after two solid innings out of the pen.
Georgia Southern snapped Radford's streak of scoring first with a first inning run on a single by (Carrollton, Ga.). Phillips, who went three for five, made the Highlanders pay for a leadoff walk of (Detroit, Mich.).
Radford came right back with three unanswered runs over the next two innings to take a 3-1 lead. The Eagles countered with two runs in the fourth inning on a two-RBI single from (Baxley, Ga.). The Highlanders jumped back ahead with two runs in the sixth inning and led 6-4 on a double from Josh Gardiner and a ground out by Zach Costello.
Georgia Southern tied the contest at 6-6 with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Scoring in the seventh on an errant throw during an attempt to turn a double play. Davis scored from second after a base hit to center and a single from Griffin. (Atlanta, Ga.) scored the tying run in the eighth inning, after leading off with a single.
Radford was unable to record an out in the 11th and loaded the bases with an intentional walk of Davis. Griffin drew three quick balls from Patten and took a fourth on a 3-1 count to plate the winning run. Lenns led off the inning with a single to right field and Phillips reached with a base hit to move a runner into scoring position.
The Eagles go for the series sweep on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be heard on Boomer 103.7 FM and inside the stadium on 88.1 FM. Audio for all games is also available on the web and subscription video is available for all home games at GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com/Eaglevision.
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- Category: Baseball
- Published on Saturday, 25 February 2012 22:30