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Eagles split DH with Marshall

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Georgia Southern (19-13) and Marshall (11-18) got underway and the Eagles got off to a quick 1-0 lead on Friday night, but 39 hours would pass before the two teams played again. Game one resumed on Sunday with Georgia Southern taking the 9-2 game one win. The Eagles were unable to pull off the doubleheader sweep after the Thundering Herd held off a ninth-inning Georgia Southern rally to win game two 5-3. Game three of the series was canceled.

Game One – Georgia Southern 9 at Marshall 3 – April 8-10, 2011
Game resumed from Friday night in the top of the first inning

Georgia Southern put one run on the scoreboard Friday night before the rain and lightning hit the area. The Eagles and Thundering Herd continued play on Sunday with the Eagles adding another run for a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.

Shawn Payne (Stone Mountain, Ga.) picked up base hits in his first three at-bats and scored a run on each. He doubled twice and singled once to jump-start the Eagle offense. He finished with four hits and four runs scored. Georgia Southern added two runs in the third inning and scored its fifth run in the fourth inning.

Georgia Southern’s first run came off an Eric Phillips' (Carrollton, Ga.) single up the middle in inning number one. Payne smoked the first pitch he saw from Aaron Blair down the left field line for a double to lead off the first. Ben Morgan (Evans, Ga.) dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move him to third base before Phillips' hit. Michael Burruss (Marietta, Ga.) was the first batter up on Sunday and worked a full count before singling up the middle to score a second run in the inning.

The Thundering Herd scored single runs in the sixth and eighth innings, but a four-run ninth inning extended the Eagles’ lead to 9-2 and put the game out of reach. A leadoff single by Payne and an error by the leftfielder led to the first run of the ninth inning and a  A pair of home runs by Victor Roache (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and Steve Cochrane (Mooresville, N.C.)  added the three additional runs to the board. Marshall scored a run in the bottom of the ninth for the 9-3 final.

Justin Hess (Panama City, Fla.) earned the win (1-2) in relief of Chris Beck (Jefferson, Ga.), who did not throw a pitch due to the weather situation. Hess allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in a season-high seven innings to pick up his first win of the season. Matt Murray (Spring City, Pa.) came on in relief in the eighth inning and threw the final two innings.

Aaron Blair started the contest for Marshall, allowing two runs on two hits. Blair picked up the first two outs of the inning before the rain came on Friday night. Mike Mason recorded the majority of the outs, tallying 6.1 innings with six strikeouts. Mason allowed three runs on six hits and walked just two batters. Greg Williams pitched the final two innings of the contest, allowing four runs on five hits.

Game Two – Georgia Southern 3 at Marshall 5 – April 10, 2011

Marshall opened game two by scoring a single run in each of the first five innings and survived a Georgia Southern rally to win 5-3. The Thundering Herd tallied 12 hits to the Eagles’ seven, but Marshall committed two errors that led to all three of the Eagles' runs.

GSU got a single run in the fourth inning off the throwing error by the second baseman. A fielder's choice by Burruss and a balk put a runner on second before the error allowed him to score with two outs. The 5-1 Marshall lead remained until the ninth inning when Cochrane homered with two outs to cut the lead to 5-3. Roache scored on Cochrane's second home run of the day, after reaching base on an error by the third baseman.

Ian Kadish came on in relief of Arik Sikula and picked up his second save of the season after entering the game with the tying run at the plate. Kadish allowed one hit and struck out a batter for the final out of the game. Sikula nearly threw a complete game, recording 8.2 of the nine innings. He earned the win (2-3) after allowing six hits and three runs while striking out eight batters.

Josh Adams (Bath, S.C.) was tagged with the loss (5-4) after allowing two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Will Middour (Atlanta, Ga.), Taylor Burke (Statesboro, Ga.), Ryan McCafferty (West Chester, Pa.) and Jarret Leverett (Eatonton, Ga.) combined to keep Marshall off the board in the final three innings.

The Eagles return home for a pair of mid-week games against Jacksonville and North Florida. GSU will face the Dolphins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for East Georgia Regional Medical Center Night. All employees of the hospital who present their ID receive $1 admission to the game.

Chick-fil-A, Domino’s Pizza, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Sonny’s Bar-B-Q and Subway are providing Eagle Baseball fans with delicious food for Restaurant Night at J.I. Clements Stadium on Wednesday. The Eagles take on the Ospreys at 6 p.m. with food service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lines may begin forming an hour before first pitch.

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