JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Georgia Southern Baseball team (6-3) fell in their first road game of the 2011 season at North Florida (5-3) 11-3. The Ospreys banged out 14 hits and forced three Eagle errors to score their 11 runs. Two bright spots for GSU were Eric Phillips' perfect day at the plate and Tom Richardson's two RBIs.
Phillips walked, singled twice and tripled in the eighth inning. The junior recorded his first start of the season as the designated hitter and scored a run on a Victor Roache ground out in the eighth inning.
Richardson drove in a pair of two-out runs and tallied a hit in back-to-back plate appearances in the middle three frames. He singled in Georgia Southern's first run of the game in the fourth inning. The junior catcher doubled in Michael Burruss, who was the first of two hits to lead off the sixth inning.
UNF's sophomore Marshal Rosenberger made his first career start and was stellar in his first appearance, allowing five hits and two runs in 5.2 innings to pick up his first ever win.
North Florida opened the game with eight runs in the first three innings. The Ospreys tallied six hits and scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and added four more runs in the third inning.
Georgia Southern finally got on the board in the fourth inning, scoring a run on three hits. Phillips led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second base on a hit by Steve Cochrane (Mooresville, N.C.). Richardson drove in the run with a base hit to left field.
The Osprey's got the run back with a solo home run from Dahl in the bottom half of the fourth inning, but the Eagles added their second run of the game in the sixth inning.
Jarret Leverett started the game for the Eagles and was tagged with his second loss of the season. He was replaced in the second inning by Justin Hess. Hess faced the minimum in the second inning of work but got in trouble in the third inning. Andy Moye pitched a pair of scoreless innings in the middle innings and struck out three batters.
The Eagles will return home for a three-game series with St. John's this weekend. The series opens Friday at J.I. Clements Stadium at 6 p.m.