BOONE, N.C. — Georgia Southern cashed in on the second quality start of the weekend and avoided the sweep with a 12-4 win over Appalachian State in the regular-season finale on Saturday.
The Eagles' pitching staff avoided the big inning all day and stranded 13 ASU (31-25, 15-15 Southern Conference) runners on base thanks in part to five double plays by the GSU (32-23, 18-12) defense, tying a school record set back in 1977 against Jacksonville.
Josh Adams walked eight batters but strapped it down to allow only three runs over seven innings. Adams (8-6) did not allow more than one run in an inning and scattered eight hits for his second win of the week.
Seth Grant had not lasted more than 3.2 innings in his last two starts and was pulled after just three innings, the shortest start of the season for him. Grant (4-9) was tagged with five runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks. Chad Farmer followed him out of the bullpen and gave up four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. Kurt Frisbee was the only Mountaineer to not be tagged with a run after working a scoreless eighth inning.
Georgia Southern opened up a 5-1 lead after the third inning, scoring a run in the first and two each in the third and fourth inning. A two-base error led to a run in the first inning for the Eagles and they added two more in the second inning on an error and a two-RBI single from Shawn Payne.
Two base hits, including a double off the bat of Brent Pugh, drove in two runs in the third inning. Both runs crossed the plate with two outs. Ben Morgan drove in the first run of the inning, and Pugh plated him with a double.
The Eagles extended their lead to 9-1 after four more runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning. Victor Roache started the inning by sending his GSU and SoCon single-season record 29th home run over the right-field wall. Two base hits and a sacrifice bunt followed, moving two runners into scoring position with one out. A sacrifice fly from Pugh and a triple by Payne drove in three more runs to give GSU the eight-run lead.
Georgia Southern added two more runs with single tallies in the sixth and seventh innings. The Eagles added a final run in the ninth inning to reach the final score of 12-4. Appalachian State added two runs in the final three frames to reach a total of four runs scored.
The Eagles will enter the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament as the number-four seed and will face the No. 5 College of Charleston in the first round.
Georgia Southern will play Wednesday the final game of the first day of the tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park at 9 p.m.
Final Southern Conference Standings
(Seed) Team SoCon All Streak GB
(1) Elon 23-7 36-19 W2 —
(2) UNC Greensboro 22-8 34-18 W8 1
(3) Samford 18-12 34-22 W2 5
(4) Ga. Southern 18-12 32-23 W1 5
(5) Charleston 18-12 36-20 L2 5
(6) Appalachian St. 15-15 31-25 L1 8
(7) Furman 13-16 23-31 L2 9.5
(8) Western Carolina 12-18 22-29 W3 11
Wofford 9-21 22-33 L4 14
Davidson 8-21 18-30 L8 14.5
The Citadel 8-22 20-36 L12 15
*Top eight teams advance to SoCon tournament
No. 4 Georgia Southern vs. No. 5 Charleston
Wednesday, 9 p.m., Charleston, S.C.
Southern Conference Baseball Tournament