Georgia Southern baseball upsets No.3 Georgia for the second time this season, grabs series victory

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Junior outfielder Christian Avant contributed five putouts over the course of two games against the Bulldogs.

Game 1

Georgia Southern baseball took down No. 4 Georgia, 6-3, at Foley Field in the first game of the three game series last Tuesday. 

Tyler Owens pitched almost seven inning innings for the Eagles in the first game. He allowed three hits and struck out three batters. Owens left the game in the seventh inning with GS leading 6-1.

Hayden Harris came in and finished the Bulldogs off in the eight and ninth innings. Harris allowed four hits and two runs but struck out five batters.

In the fourth inning, the Eagles took a 3-0 lead after Christian Avant hit a double that allowed Austin Thompson to score. Jason Swan, later in the inning, doubled himself allowing Avant to score, and then an error that allowed Parker Biederer to reach base allowed Swan to score a run. 

GS would not let up against UGA as they scored another run in the sixth to make it 4-0, and then in the seventh made it 6-0 as Avant got in two more runners with a single up the middle. 

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to three in the ninth inning but by then, it was too late.

Game 2

A week after the first battle, the GS basebal team beat No. 3 Georgia, 1-0, at SRP Park in Head Coach Rodney Hennon’s 800th career victory. 

Pitcher Jacob Parker picked up his first win of the season, allowing one hit and striking out six batters. Hayden Harris was able to get his first save of the season. He played two innings and managed to strike out two batters.

The Eagles were able to get their only run of the game in the fifth inning after Parker Biederer tripled down the line in the right field. Matt Anderson then had a sacrifice squeeze that allowed Biederer to score from third. 

GS had a great defensive game as they managed to strand 11 UGA runners on base. Nick Jonas left the bases loaded in the seventh, striking out the UGA batter to keep the score 1-0. 

This is the first time since 2015 that the Eagles have defeated the Bulldogs in the season series. 

GS will now travel back to J.I. Clements for a four-game homestead. The Eagles will host No. 3 Georgia for the final time this season today at 6 p.m.

Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu

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