CONWAY, S.C. — Georgia Southern Baseball put Coastal Carolina to the sword on Thursday, downing the Chanticleers 9-2 to open the Easter Weekend series. The win was Georgia Southern's third-straight at Springs Brooks Stadium and extended Coastal's skid to four-straight, their longest since 2014. The Eagles and Chanticleers are back in action on Friday for game two of the series.
TOP 2nd | GS 2 - CCU 0 | Nolan Tressler connected with a hanging 0-2 slider to crush his third home run of the season into the Eagle Bullpen in right field. The two-run job plated Austin Thompson who reached on a one out single through the left side.
BOT 3rd | GS 2 - CCU 1 | The Chanticleers got a run back in the third inning, cutting the Eagle lead in half.
TOP 4th | GS 3 - CCU 1 | A leadoff single by J.P. Tighe set the table for an Eagle run in the fourth to plate an insurance run. Mason McWhorter doubled down the right field line to drive the run in and extend the lead.
TOP 8th | GS 6 - CCU 1 | The Eagles tacked on three more in the eighth, converting Tressler's leadoff double with a pair of sacrifices to plate the run. As the lineup flipped, Steven Curry got his first hit of the day, opening the door for McWhorter to destroy a home run to center, pushing the lead to 6-1.
TOP 9th | GS 9 - CCU 1 | Noah Ledford hit his ninth home run of the season to the left side of the wall in center, pushing the lead to 7-1. Jason Swan doubled down the left field line and scored off Thompson's humpbacked liner through the left side. Curry drove in Thompson with a single through the left side to complete the three-run frame.
- Seth Shuman silenced the Coastal Carolina bats on Thursday night, allowing just one run off five hits with six strikeouts. He went seven innings and threw 100 pitches to improve to 5-4 on the year.
- Eight of the nine Eagle starters got hits with six Eagles posting multi-hit game.
- Coastal Carolina's starting pitcher Matt Eardensohn entered the game with an 11-0 career record. He allowed three runs in his four and a third innings of work to drop his first collegiate decision, falling to 4-1 on the year.
- The 16-hit game for the Eagle Offense was the second-highest total this season for the Eagles, three off the 19 hits in game two against Little Rock.
Game two of the Easter Weekend series is schedule for 6 p.m. on Friday night. Fans with plans to attend the game are encouraged to keep an eye on GSEagles.com for potential schedule changes due to storms in the Palmetto State.