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New school HR record set as Eagles blow by the Dolphins

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New school HR record set as Eagles blow by the Dolphins

Georgia Southern's Chris Shehan bats in a run during the first inning of Wednesday's game against Jacksonville at J.I. Clements Stadium. His homer in the 3rd inning was GSU's 89th of the season - a new school record.

    It’s official: No Georgia Southern team has ever hit more home runs than the 2008 Eagles.
    Jacksonville was unable to keep the hot-hitting Eagles from launching the ball out of J.I. Clements Stadium Wednesday as GSU set the single-season school record for home runs and cruised to a 17-7 non-conference victory. Georgia Southern has won six straight and eight of its last nine.
    The Eagles (26-18) broke the game open with a 10-run third, which included back-to-back-to-back home runs by Ty Wright, Phillip Porter and Chris Shehan. Georgia Southern entered the inning up 3-0 and plated two runs before Wright commenced the home-run parade with a three-run bomb off the top of scoreboard.
    Porter followed with a solo shot that bounced off a pine tree in right to tie the record, and Shehan’s solo home run moments later set the new school mark. GSU has 89 bombs this season.
    “I tried to follow up Ty as best I could,” Porter said. “During the game we didn’t talk about the record, but it’s a pretty good feeling.”
    Trent Franzago (1-1) earned the win in his first collegiate start, tossing three hitless innings. The Eagles used eight pitchers on the night.
    GSU chased Jacksonville starter Garrett Dunlap (2-1) with one out and the bases loaded in the first. He took the loss, surrendering three earned runs on three hits.
    Brian Pierce, A.J. Wirnsberger, Jeremiah Parker and Porter had three hits apiece to lead Georgia Southern, while Shehan added two hits. The Eagles out-hit Jacksonville 19-7.
    “Up and down the lineup, it’s been a pretty phenomenal year,” Shehan said.
    Georgia Southern was eying its first shutout of the season after holding Jacksonville scoreless through the first 6 1/3 innings. But the Dolphins (23-22) plated six runs off three GSU pitchers in the seventh, highlighted by Jeremy Gillan’s two-run home run.
    The Eagles continue their homestand this weekend, hosting Southern Conference foe The Citadel for a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. GSU is fifth in the conference standings, one spot ahead of the Bulldogs.
    “It’s a big weekend for us,” Shehan said.
Notes: The previous GSU home-run record was set by the 1990 College World Series team. … The teams combined for 23 walks and 26 runners left on base. … The game lasted three hours and 42 minutes, marking the longest GSU game this season.

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.
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