Georgia Southern Baseball dropped game two of the weekend series to Coastal Carolina, 15-2 on Friday night. The Chanticleers hit three home runs and had nine of their 14 hits go for extra bases in the contest. Eagle pitchers, however, combined to strike out a season-high 15 batters. Matt Geiger made his much-awaited return to the mound after more than 1,000 days on the shelf.
The Eagles and Chanticleers close out the weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. matinee.
The feel-good story of the night was the return of Matt Geiger. The right-handed pitcher's last appearance came on May 8, 2015 against Clemson. Since then, Geiger suffered multiple injuries which kept him on the shelf for 1,058 days before his return appearance on Friday night. The streak between appearances was the longest active span in Division I baseball.
Seth Shuman took the loss, giving up 10 runs of nine hits in four and two thirds innings. He struck out nine to fall to 3-3 on the season. Two Eagle pitchers made their debut outings on Friday night with lefties Seth Johnston and Nick Jones pitching an inning each. Johnston fanned one and did not allow a hit, while Jones struck out three batters and allowed a hit.
Mason McWhorter provided the offense, hitting a two-run home run in the third inning, driving in Christian Avant on the play. In total, the Eagles tallied four hits in the game.
Saturday's series finale will feature a pregame Easter Egg Hunt as the Eagles wrap-up the weekend set. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. with broadcasts on True Blue TV and the Georgia Southern Sports Network. The team will also shave their heads after the game in support of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. To donate to the cause and help fight childhood cancer, visit http://team.curethekids.org/gsbaseball2018.