STATESBORO, Ga. - The Georgia Southern Eagles scored runs on a fielder's choice and two wild pitches and got five solid innings from Ryan Frederick to take the series from the Western Carolina Catamounts on Senior Day.
Frederick faced just one over the minimum through five innings and pitched into the sixth. The sophomore righthander allowed just one hit a high fly ball that carried over the wall for Danny Bermudez's first home run of the season in the third inning. Frederick (4-0) earned the win after striking out five batters and walking one on 64 pitches.
Jason Richman tossed four innings and allowed just a ninth inning solo home run to Adam Martin. Richman picked up his third save of the season after surrendering three hits and a walk on 69 pitches.
“We are very fortunate that we got good pitching in all three games. Ryan Frederick stepped up for us today and gave us a strong effort to start the ball game,” Head Coach Rodney Hennon said. “Jason Richman did a nice job finishing off the last half of the game.”
Georgia Southern (33-20, 15-12) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sac bunt by Chase Griffin. Stryker Brown slid into home plate and jarred the ball lose to score the first run of the game.
Brown broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, scoring on a wild pitch from Jeremy Null. Null tossed a second wild pitch in the seventh inning which scored C.J. Brazil for what proved to be the game-winning run.
“I am proud of our team. It was a hard fought series. Both teams were evenly matched all weekend long,” Hennon said. “If you look at the scores, we had three one-run ball games.”
Null (5-3) suffered the loss for Western Carolina (33-16, 17-6) after allowing three runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Null tossed 6.1 innings and struck out three batters on 92 pitches.
The Eagles finished with six hits with two coming from Brown and Garrett Chapman.
The Catamounts had a run thrown out at the plate by Kody Adams in the sixth inning. J.D. Long tried to score from second base on Bradley Strong's single but missed touching the plate and was tagged out by C.J. Brazil.
The game was delayed for 38 minutes in the seventh inning after lightning was detected in the vicinity.
Baseball wraps up its regular season Tuesday night at Jacksonville. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. and the game can be heard on the Georgia Southern Radio Network.