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GSU pummels Jacksonville

Georgia Southern second baseman Ben Morgan digs out a grounder for an easy out on Jacksonville's Chris Moye during the fifth inning Tuesday at Clements Stadium.

It was just another monster night for Victor Roache.

He went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs, four RBIs and his 14th home run of the season, and he wasn’t the only one hitting.

The Georgia Southern Eagles pounded out 17 hits and matched the season high in runs scored as they took down the visiting Jacksonville Dolphins 20-7 Tuesday at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Roache, the nation’s second-leading home run hitter, blasted a two-run shot to centerfield in the seven-run sixth inning and doubled in a pair of runs in the three-run first to run his season RBI total to 41.

"The scouting report on [Roache] is to roll him four balls, and let him go to first base," laughed GSU catcher Tom Richardson. "Move on."

Richardson read his scouting reports, too. The junior college transfer led the Eagles (20-13) with four hits, including three doubles, and drove in three more runs.

"They just threw me some fastballs, and I was waiting for it," said Richardson. "That was the report on those guys – they’d try to get ahead with fastballs, and I took advantage of it."

Richardson, who upped the .245 batting average he brought into the game, has started 29 of 33 games behind the plate.

"It’s tough when you come to a new place and the hitting philosophy is different than it was in junior college," Richardson said, "and it’s taken a little time to get used to the way [head coach Rodney] Hennon and [assistant coach Mike] Tidick do things with the hitters. I don’t want to say I’ve already gotten there just because I’ve had a couple good games, but it’s starting to come together."

It came together for the entire GSU lineup, against a Jacksonville (20-13) team that defeated the Eagles 4-2 on March 29.

This time, GSU never trailed after entering the bottom of the first down 1-0.

Garren Palmer put up some big numbers in his own right, going 3-for-5 with a double and driving four runs of his own.

Shawn Payne hit his third homer of the year, blasting the second long ball of the fifth inning.

All nine hitters in the GSU lineup reached base at least once, and 11 different Eagles


Chris Beck (5-0), who hadn’t pitched live since April 1, got the start and the win.

Jared Leverett got most of the work, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing three runs on four hits.

The Dolphins burned through eight different pitchers, and only three — Will Flor, Brian Gilroy and starter Adam Maxon, who took the loss — went at least one full inning.

The Eagles will get right back to work today, hosting North Florida at 6 p.m.

The Ospreys hosted GSU in its first road game of the season on March 2, defeating the Eagles 11-3. The game will be the last of five-straight non-conference game before Georgia Southern travels to Western Carolina for a three-game set beginning Friday.


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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