STATESBORO, Ga. (School Release) - The Georgia Southern Eagles completed a three-game series sweep of the Davidson Wildcats with a 9-4 win to improve to a Southern Conference best 8-1, their best league start since 2005.
Georgia Southern (16-7, 8-1 SoCon) scored three runs in the first inning and shut out Davidson (8-14, 4-8 SoCon) over the final three frames to complete their second series sweep of the year. The Eagles recorded three-straight doubles in the first inning and scored all three runs with two outs.
Justin Hess (3-2) earned the win in relief and allowed just one run on four hits over 3.2 innings. Hess entered in the fifth inning with a one-run lead and stranded a runner at third base. Starter Josh Stevenson surrendered three runs on six hits over 4.1 innings.
Rob Bain pitched into the second inning but was unable to record an out after allowing a home run to Brent Pugh and a walk to Tyler Avera. Bain (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs over an inning of work.
Eight of the nine spots in the Eagle batting order contributed a hit and the team finished with 13. T.D. Davis was one of four players to finish with two hits. Ben Morgan singled in the eighth inning and walked twice on the day. The Wildcats finished with 11 hits, and Sam Foy led the team with three.
Davidson cut GSU's lead to one run in the third inning with a two-run homer by Andrew Barna. After allowing a one-out walk to Ryan Lowe, Stevenson coaxed a pair of ground outs to end the inning.
Georgia Southern scored a run over their final four frames, while holding the Wildcats to just one sixth inning run. The Eagles loaded the bases to start the fifth inning but were only able to score one run on a Zac Lenns ground out.
Chase Griffin hit a two-out homer in the sixth inning, and Stryker Brown scored from first base on a throwing error by the catcher in the seventh. Brown opened up what was a three-run game in the eighth inning with a two-RBI single.
Baseball remains at home on the mid week and will host A-Sun member Jacksonville at J.I. Clements Stadium Tuesday. It will be Taste of Statesboro at the ballpark and first pitch is set for 6 p.m.