GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Georgia Southern Eagles scored six unanswered runs, and Matt McCall and Jason Richman combined to throw 5.2 scoreless frames in a 7-2 win over the Furman Paladins on Sunday.
Georgia Southern (31-19, 13-11) swept Furman (18-28, 7-13) for the first time since 2011 and posted their second series sweep in Southern Conference play. Both series sweeps have come on the road for the Eagles, who also took three games from The Citadel at the beginning of April.
McCall (3-2) scattered four hits and walked just one batter over 3.2 scoreless innings to earn his third win of the season. The senior righthander entered in the fourth inning and worked around a pair of base hits in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh.
“I like the way we played all weekend. To go on the road and get a sweep is a tough accomplishment,” Head Coach Rodney Hennon said. “Our kids played hard all weekend long.”
GSU took an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Mizell in the first inning and rallied from the first deficit all weekend with two runs in the third inning. Mizell doubled in Kody Adams and later scored on a double by Stryker Brown.
The Eagles got two more runs, scoring on a Dalton Busby two-out double to right field in the fourth inning, and on a ground out in the fifth inning before Paladin starter Tyler Wood was lifted.
Wood (5-2) allowed five runs on eight hits, walked a batter and struck out five over five innings. Wood was tagged with the loss, his second of the season.
“We did a nice job today executing offensively and hitting some balls the other way,” Hennon said.
GSU starter Ryan Frederick allowed five hits, two walks and one earned run over 3.1 innings. Frederick left with a lead in the fourth inning.
Furman tied the game in the first inning on a Chris Ohmstede single through the middle of the infield.
The Paladins took a 2-1 lead on a throwing error by the third baseman Garrett Chapman in the second inning.
Jason Richman entered in the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless frames to extend his streak to 30.2 innings with just one earned run allowed.
“We got good pitching again. Ryan Frederick competed for us. Matt McCall gave us a strong effort. Jason Richman was solid once again,” Hennon said. “It was a good team effort today and all weekend long.”
Baseball will have the mid-week off before returning to J.I. Clements Stadium for their final Southern Conference series of the season. First pitch in the series opener against Western Carolina on Friday is set for 6 p.m.