Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational Set for This Weekend
STATESBORO, Ga. Georgia Southern Baseball will play host to the Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational this weekend at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles will face Indiana, LeMoyne and 20th-ranked East Carolina this weekend in the round-robin format.
Ryan Chambers will call all the Georgia Southern action on Eagle 102.9 FM. The broadcast will being 30 minutes before first pitch.
Coming off a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Winthrop Tuesday, the Eagles improved to 8-1 overall. That is the best start to a season since the 1981 team went 10-1. The Eagles received votes in the NCBWA Top 25’ poll this week.
Kevin Bowles (Statesboro/Statesboro) leads the hitting attack batting 7-for-11 to start the year. He has scored seven runs and walked seven times for an .800 on-base percentage.
Brian Pierce (Roswell/Roswell) is batting .391 and shares the team-lead with nine RBI. He brings a streak of 178 consecutive starts into the weekend. Griffin Benedict (Dunwoody/St. Pius), who hit a ninth inning double against Winthrop and scored the game-winning run, owns a .379 batting average.
Junior Chris Mederos (Valdosta/Gordon College), sophomore Andy Moye (Alpharetta/Alpharetta) and freshman Matt Murray (Spring City, PA/Owen Roberts) are scheduled to start this weekend. Mederos owns a 2-0 record and 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings. He has struck out 16 batters to two walks issued. Moye is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings. The right-hander struck out 12 to four walks. Murray does not have a decision in two starts, but posted a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings. Against Winthrop Murray allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings of work.
As a team Georgia Southern owns a .314 batting average, .988 fielding percentage and 3.96 ERA.
Indiana (3-4) is led by Jerrud Sabourin’s .452 batting average. Preseason All-America pick Josh Phegley owns a .417 batting average and .559 on-base percentage. Left-hander Matt Bashore (0-1, 7.00 ERA) is scheduled to throw Friday.
The Hoosiers lost to Eastern Michigan 10-6 and Indiana State 11-2 in midweek action. As a team they are batting .324 with a .940 fielding percentage and 5.87 ERA. This will be the first meeting between the Eagles and Hoosiers since 2007 when IU won a 5-0 game at Dothan, Alabama.
LeMoyne (2-3) lost 3-of-4 at Tulane during the opening weekend then won at Longwood 7-3 last weekend. The Dolphins own a .241 batting average and 5.71 ERA. This will be LeMoyne’s second trip to Statesboro for a tournament in the past four years. The Dolphins defeated GS 6-4 in the opening game of the 2006 GSU Invitational.
Sean Paino leads the hitting attack at a .438 clip. Left-hander Cory Nelson (0-1, 1.93 ERA) is scheduled to get the start.
East Carolina enters the weekend 6-1 overall and ranked as high as 20th in the national polls. The Pirates handed Old Dominion an 8-3 defeat earlier this week. As a team, they own a .380 batting average, .985 fielding percentage and 3.86 ERA. Last year Georgia Southern traveled to ECU for the Keith LeClair Classic, winning its first two against #15 Michigan and Pittsburgh before losing to the host Pirates.
Trent Whitehead leads the impressive hitting attack at a .520 clip with Stephen Batts close behind at .500. In fact, eight different starters are batting .350 or higher. Right-hander Sthil Sowers (1-0, 14.54 ERA) is scheduled to get the start Sunday.
Holiday Inn Eagle Invitational
Friday, March 6
LeMoyne vs. East Carolina, 3 p.m.
Indiana vs. Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 7
LeMoyne vs. Georgia Southern, 2 p.m.
East Carolina vs. Indiana, 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 8
Indiana vs. LeMoyne, 11 a.m.
East Carolina vs. Georgia Southern, 3 p.m.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Thursday, 05 March 2009 00:15