From Georgia Southern Sports Information:
STATESBORO, Ga. - Ben Morgan
breaks open a tie ball game with a two-RBI single as the Georgia
Southern Eagles rallied from a four-run deficit to take the series from
the Appalachian State Mountaineers 10-7 on Sunday at J.I. Clements
Georgia Southern (19-6, 3-3 SoCon) scored seven runs in the eighth inning to rally from a 7-3 deficit and win their first series against Appalachian State (6-16, 1-2 SoCon) since 2010. The victory also handed Rodney Hennon his 600th career victory in his 17th season as a head coach.
"I am really proud of our team. We got off to a shaky start, and Appalachian State swung the bats well and hit a couple of big home runs to jump out to that lead, but our kids just hung in there," Hennon said.
Mountaineer starter Jeffrey Springs retired the first batter of the eighth inning but allowed a double to Ryan Cleveland and exited after Garrett Chapman reached on a catcher's interference. Springs received a no decision after allowing five runs and striking out seven over 7.1 innings.
After a walk loaded the bases in the eighth, Dalton Busby laced a ball right at third baseman William Head, who was unable to get an out, scoring a run. Kody Adams drove in two more with a single to center field and Busby scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Morgan plated the go-ahead runs with a base hit through the right side of the defense and later scored on a wild pitch.
"We had some really big at-bats in the eighth inning, especially the big hit from Ben Morgan to finally give us the lead," Hennon said. "Our guys grinded things out and it got contagious."
The rally handed Ryan Frederick the win. Frederick (3-0) retired all six batters he faced and struck out two in the ninth inning to close the book on the come from behind win.
"Ryan Frederick did an outstanding job out of the bullpen, and Eric Alonzo earlier in the game threw the ball well," Hennon said.
Dallas DeVrieze faced three batters and all three reached base on a walk, hit and an error. DeVrieze (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs and was unable to record an out in the eighth inning.
Appalachian State got a first inning run after Will Middour walked Michael Pierson with the bases loaded. Morgan tied the game for GSU with a two-out home run in the third inning.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after Adams hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning, a two-out shot over the Walker Pharmacy Homer Hole sign in right field.
The Mountaineers rallied back with home runs of their own, scoring four runs on a pair of long balls from Tyler Stroup and Alex Leach in the sixth inning and again in the seventh inning when Pierson drove in two with a home run to right field.
Baseball is on the road for the rest of March and will travel to Jacksonville Tuesday to take on the North Florida Ospreys. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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