It took a lot more drama - and one more inning - than Tuesday night’s cozy 15-7 victory stroll, but Georgia Southern completed a home-and-home sweep of Mercer Wednesday night at J.I. Clements Stadium, claiming a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.
Facing Mercer’s Nick Spear, Jacob Greene drew a one-out walk for the Eagles (27-14). After a 10-pitch battle, Logan Baldwin singled to right to move Greene to second.
From there, Spear was his own worst enemy. A wild pitch advanced Greene to third and another misfire by Spear squirted to the backstop, giving Greene just enough time to race home for the walk-off win.
Landon Hughes picked up his team-leading sixth win out of the bullpen. Hughes pitched the Eagles out of a jam in the eighth and breezed through the next two frames before Georgia Southern plated the winning run.
Mercer (35-9) trailed 3-1 entering the seventh before coming to life. Adam Kelly allowed a single and recorded a strikeout before giving way to Connor Simmons. The hard-throwing lefty was touching 95 mph on the radar gun, but the Bears’ bats were up to the challenge. Ryan Hagan drew a walk and J.T. Thomas lined a sacrifice fly to left.
Danny Edgeworth tied the game with a double down the left field line before Simmons was finally able to escape the inning.
Brian Eichhorn got the start for the Eagles and allowed just an RBI single in the second on his way to six solid innings and six strikeouts against just one walk.
Georgia Southern’s offense showed up in the fourth.
Ryan Cleveland drew a walk off of Mercer starter Zach Graveno and worked his way around to third with two outs. Evan McDonald launched an RBI double to right center and pushed Georgia Southern ahead when he crossed the plate on a single up the middle by Greene.
Graveno was lifted from the game after loading the bases and Robert Broom entered from the bullpen, only to plunk Steven Curry to force in a run and make it a 3-1 Eagle advantage.
Georgia Southern now sets its sights back on Sun Belt play. The Eagles are currently in third place in their division, but are just a game out of first. Little Rock is next up as the Trojans come to J.I. Clements for a weekend series set to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.