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GSU bats come alive in win over JU

GSU bats come alive in win over JU

GSU bats come alive in win over JU


    After dropping three of four games last week and falling under .500 in Southern Conference play, Georgia Southern needed something good to go its way.
    The Eagles pounded out 19 hits and took care of business with a 13-5 win over the Jacksonville Dolphins on Tuesday at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    Ryan Cleveland (3-for-3, 3 RBIs) continued swinging a hot bat, and Kody Adams, hitting from the leadoff spot, was a homer short of a cycle. Hunter Thomas, the designated hitter, was the third GSU batter with a three-hit day.
    Georgia Southern (21-9) opened the floodgates in the bottom of the first, plating six runs on seven hits, all with two outs, including six-straight singles and a leadoff double by Adams.
    "I was really pleased by the way our guys bounced back tonight," GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. "Being able to come out early and put up the six spot in the first was big. It was just a good team effort and a good team win."
    The inning included a pair of Jacksonville (8-18) errors and a balk by starting pitcher Zach Gordon. Gordon made it four innings. He allowed 13 hits, and all seven runs he gave up were earned.
    Georgia Southern’s Will Jackson was solid in his three innings pitched — the first start of his career — allowing two runs, one earned, on two walks and two hits. He struck out three.
    “He settled in and wasn't his sharpest early," Hennon said. "He settled in and did a nice job."
    Jacksonville’s Connor Marabell led off the second with a solo home run, and Dylan Dillard reached on a dropped third strike, stole second and scored on a single by Jordan Mullis.
    The Eagles answered in the bottom of the frame to pull ahead 7-2 on a solo shot by Garrett Chapman. It was his fifth homer of the year and the team’s nation-leading 37th.
    The Dolphins closed the gap in a wild fourth. Georgia Southern reliever Caleb Pressey gave up a hit and back-to-back walks to load the bases.
    Pressy was replaced, mid at-bat, by Tripp Sheppard, who threw only two pitches. Both pitches hit a JU batter, which resulted in a pair of runs.
    Jason Richman came into the game, and an RBI single by pinch hitter Michael Babb plated another run to cut Georgia Southern’s lead to 7-5.
    Richmond allowed two hits but faced the minimum in his two innings, as the fourth and fifth innings ended in double plays. GSU sent six pitchers to the mound. Avery Fagan pitched three scoreless innings with three punchouts, and Byron Yelverton faced the minimum in the ninth.
    The Eagles tacked a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth, including a two-run triple by Adams.             Cleveland drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to deep left in the seventh.
    GSU returns to action today at home against Kennesaw State at 6 p.m.
    Will Middour will get the start for the Eagles.
NOTES: Georgia Southern catcher Chase Griffin got the day off. It was his first time out of the starting lineup since April 4, 2012. … Aaron Mizell went 2-for-6 with a RBI against the Dolphins, A seeing-eye single in the sixth inning snapped an 0-for-13 streak. … Jason Richman pitched in relief for the fourth-straight game for the Eagles. … The game was the 125th meeting between GSU and Jacksonville in a series dating back to 1958. The Eagles improved to 67-58 in the series. … Announced attendance was 1,365.

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

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