DAVIDSON, N.C. – Georgia Southern worked its way into Davidson’s bullpen early and never looked back taking a 14-1 win away from Wilson Field Friday afternoon. Andy Moye worked seven innings, while Eric Phillips launched a grand slam in the second inning, moving the Eagles to 32-19 on the year and 18-8 in Southern Conference play. Davidson dropped to 19-28, 5-21 with the loss.
The win marked the 10th straight for Georgia Southern -- the longest win streak since 2007.
It only took one trip through the lineup before the Eagles broke open the ballgame in the second inning. A Randy J. Williams two-run single to left put the first runs on the board before a RBI single off the bat of Shawn Payne plated Arthur Owens. Kyle Blackburn loaded the bases after being hit right before Phillips blasted a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for his second collegiate grand slam in his career and an 8-0 GSU lead.
After a long inning, Moye returned to the mound and put runners on second and third with a double and single. But the junior starter struck out the side to leave both runners stranded heading into the third.
GSU manufactured a pair of runs in the third on a Kevin Bowles RBI groundout and Blackburn solo home run.
Payne tacked on the 11th GSU run of the contest with his fourth home run of the season in the fifth, but the Wildcats broke the scoreless action in the home half with a Coleman Barron solo home run to left for an 11-1 score.
The Eagles posted another three runs in the eighth using a Phillips single and two-run RBI double down the left field line from A.J. Wirnsberger. The inning chased the third pitcher for the Wildcats, who were forced to call to the bullpen for the third time as GS took a 14-1 leading heading into the ninth.
Chris Myers entered in the eighth and worked the final two innings, facing only nine batters and throwing 25 pitches. Moye earned the win for the Eagles, working seven sharp innings, surrendering only one run on six hits, while striking out seven. The junior moved to 8-3 on the season, while Wildcat starter Chris Lamb was charged with the loss going only 1.2 innings allowing eight runs, all earned.
Williams paced the Eagle offense going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Meanwhile, five different Eagles each posted two hits apiece as GS collected 16 hits in the win.
Andrew Barna went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, while Barron was 1-for-4 scoring the only Davidson run in nine innings.
The final game of the three-game series is set to take place at noon on Sunday.