Georgia Southern Baseball took a 3-2 win over Little Rock on Saturday afternoon to open an abbreviated two game set in The Natural State. Heavy rains on Friday and freezing rain on Saturday morning forced one game to be scratched, and Saturday's game to be played in arctic temperatures that struggled to get above 40. The Eagles and Trojans close out the set on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT) / Noon (ET).
Brian Eichhorn delivered his seventh quality start of the year on Saturday, going seven innings and scattering seven hits and two runs with a season-high 11 strikeouts. Cole Whitney worked an open eighth inning with three strikeouts while Chase Cohen worked two innings to get his third win of the year. The junior closer fanned four including the final out.
Little Rock got a single and a double to start the sixth inning, plating a run off a sacrifice fly. A double down the left field line later in the inning allowed the second run of the inning to score and give the home side a 2-0 lead.
After Little Rock went to the bullpen to start the eighth, Matt Anderson dumped a leadoff single in to center. A dropped fly ball in left gave the Eagles an extra out and Jason Swan made the Trojans pay with a single to left. Mitchell Golden beat out a double play to put runners on the corners with two outs, and a wild pitch allowed Steven Curry to scamper home and tie the game at 2-2.
Matt Anderson got a leadoff walk in the 10th inning to put the go-ahead run on base. He moved up with one out with a Curry single to center. A four pitch walk to Jason Swan loaded the bases with Golden due up at the plate. The Eagle shortstop drove a fly ball to right that would have gotten out on a warmer day, but the ball was deep enough to score Anderson and give the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Eagles and Trojans will wrap the two-game series on Sunday at 11 a.m.
- Georgia Southern's pitching staff struck out a season-high 18 batters including 11 from Brian Eichhorn.
- Matt Anderson went 2-for-3, scoring the first run of the night for the Eagles.
- Jason Swan had a 1-for-2 day, driving in a run with his hit and adding three walks.
- Georgia Southern improves to 1-2 in extra innings this season, winning their first game in added frames since defeating Louisiana in the 2017 Sun Belt Tournament.