Baseball Completes Sweep of Davidson
STATESBORO, Ga. Starting pitching was the key for Georgia Southern again as Matt Murray (Spring City, PA/Owen Roberts) pitched six strong innings helping the Eagles complete a Southern Conference sweep of Davidson, 11-2 on Sunday afternoon (April 19) at J.I. Clements Stadium. The 27th-ranked Eagles (28-9 overall, 12-4 SoCon) improved to 21-3 at home this year.
Davidson (13-20, 8-10) used back-to-back doubles from Zach Kayne and Drew Gadaire to start off the game and take a 1-0 lead. Much like when Davidson struck first on Friday night, the Eagles responded in their half of the inning.
Ty Wright (Montrose/ABAC) hit a popup in front of home plate that catcher Seth Freeman misplayed. Wright stole second and third base on consecutive pitches then scored on Griffin Benedict’s (Dunwoody/St. Pius) sacrifice fly.
In fact, the Eagles scored in each of the first four innings, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Jonathan King (Athens, TN/Young Harris) hit a RBI single in the second then Wright brought home another run on a sacrifice fly. In the third, with runners on second and third, Will Southwell (Moultrie/Colquitt County) hit a grounder to second baseman Graham Chapman. Despite the infield playing in, Benedict was able to beat Chapman’s throw home and give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. Randy J. Williams (Valdosta/Andrew College) lined a sacrifice fly for the fifth run of the game.
Georgia Southern scored four times in the fourth off Matt Webb. Benedict extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a RBI single. Southwell lined a 2-run single then Williams hit a RBI double, making it 9-1 Eagles.
That would be more than enough run support for Murray. Following the lead of Chris Mederos (1 run/8.0 IP) and Jake Brown (1 run/6.0 IP), Murray gave up just the one leadoff run on nine hits in six innings of work. The freshman right-hander (3-2) matched a season-high of six strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
The Eagles added a RBI single from Williams in the sixth then Kevin Bowles (Statesboro/Statesboro) added a RBI double in the seventh.
Chase FitzPatrick delivered a RBI single in the seventh for the Wildcats other run scored.
Williams set a season-high going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI. Brian Pierce (Roswell/Roswell) and Wright stayed hot all weekend long. Pierce added three hits and Wright recorded two more as the pair of seniors both went 9-for-13 at the plate during the weekend.
The Eagles out-hit Davidson 16-13 in game three, and out-scored the Wildcats 43-17 in the three-game series. The bullpen kept Davidson from getting a big inning, much like the Wildcats did late on Friday and Saturday. Colin Snow (Alpharetta/Alpharetta), Dexter Bobo (Cumming/Darton College) and Kyle Kamppi (Savannah/Benedictine) combined for one run on four hits in the final three innings.
Webb (3-1) was charged for nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four. FitzPatrick finished with four hits while Pat Brady added three.
- Category: Baseball
- Published on Sunday, 19 April 2009 17:41