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Eagles hammer UMES

Eagles hammer UMES

Eagles hammer UMES

Georgia Southern left fielder Stryker...

    After a hard-nosed 4-3 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Georgia Southern opened the floodgates.
    The Eagles hammered out 23 hits and demolished visiting Maryland-Eastern Shore 23-0 on Friday in the first of a four-game series at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    While Georgia Southern was busy plating runs, Sam Howard (2-0) was pitching a gem. He struck out a career high 12 batters in seven innings of work and allowed only two hits.
    “I thought Sam did a nice job for us. He came out and set a good tone for us by throwing strikes,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said about Howard's performance. “We played good clean baseball tonight. We made some good plays defensively and the guys swung the bats well. It was just a good team win.”   
    The Eagles opened a can in the fourth and scored six times, including a three-run homer by Chase Griffin. The bomb was the first pitch thrown by UMES reliever Bernard Parker.
    Parker pitched only 2.2 innings but allowed eight hits.
    The Hawks’ starter, Devin Repine, was shelled with eight hits including a three-run shot in the second inning by Stryker Brown.
    Georgia Southern led 10-0 heading into the sixth and put up another big number, batting around for the second time in the game and touching the plate seven times.
    Kody Adams hit GSU’s third bomb in the sixth and Garren Palmer, batting in place of Brown, went yard in the four-run seventh.
    The RBI’s came from everywhere. Aaron Mizell tripled and drove in three runs, and shortstop Dalton Busby (2-for-5) doubled and drove in two.
    The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 4 p.m.
NOTES: The last time Georgia Southern scored 20 runs was a 20-7 win over Jacksonville at home on April 4, 2011. The last time the Eagles scored 23 was a 23-2 win against Georgia Tech in Atlanta on April 8, 2009. … Wes Williams, who singled and drove in a run, and pitcher Adam Kelly both had their first appearances at GSU. … Announced attendance was 1,131.

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

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