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Eagles drop home series with App St.

Late rally falls short for Georgia Southern in Game 3

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    Georgia Southern committed five errors and stranded seven runners in scoring position, dropping the Southern Conference series finale to Appalachian State 5-3 Sunday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium. The Eagles fell to 18-16 overall and 5-7 in the league.
    App State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Jason Rook reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on Isaac Harrow’s two-out single.
    Andy Moye settled down after the first, retiring 11-of-12 batters in a stretch from the second to the fifth inning. After two quick outs to start the fifth, GS committed four throwing errors during the next two at-bats, but only one run scored. Moye finished off the frame striking out Jason Altenhof.
    The Eagles had a runner in scoring position with only one out in each of the first four innings but could not come up with the key hit. It took an error in the fifth to help tie the game.
    With two outs, Ty Wright reached on an infield single then Harrow’s throw from third sailed past first baseman Brett Stewart which allowed him to advance. Phillip Porter singled to right putting runners on the corners. Chris Shehan hit a grounder to third. Harrow stepped back and tried making a back-handed play but the ball rolled under his glove and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.
    The Mountaineers regained the lead in the sixth, taking advantage of a base hit and error all with two outs. Moye walked the next two batters to load the bases, which prompted head coach Rodney Hennon to bring in Aaron Eubanks. He got a groundout from Rand Smith to end the scoring threat.
    David Rubinstein hit a leadoff homer in the eighth then App scored an insurance run in the ninth.
    The Eagles attempted a ninth inning rally. With one out, David Richardson and Brian Pierce walked. They advanced on a wild pitch. Jeremy Beckham brought home one run on a RBI groundout. Wright stepped to the plate, representing the tying run, but he was retired on a popup to end the game.
    Moye (2-4) turned in his best outing of the year, allowing just one earned run (three in all) in a career-long 5.2 innings pitched. He walked three and struck out three. Eubanks gave up two runs over the final 3.1 innings.
    Wright, Porter and Beckham combined for six of the team’s eight hits.
    Josh Dowdy (2-6) allowed two unearned runs on seven hits in six innings of work, striking out seven. Garrett Sherrill allowed one run without giving up a hit over the final two innings for his fourth save.
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