Despite an exciting 10 inning 3-2 win over Charleston Southern and near record 12 run first inning against Jacksonville, the Cougars couldn’t carry that momentum in their weekend series against Georgia Southern University.
Georgia Southern used the very first inning to score the bulk of their runs and ultimately secure the win. Josh Renfro (Bradenton, FL), who is 4-2 for the season, had an exceptionally tough time keeping the Eagles off the bases and GSU was able to score three runs before finally allowing the Cougars a chance to catch up.
That attempt didn’t come until the fourth inning. With two outs on the board, a walk by Rob Harding (Columbia, SC), and a single to Cody Martin (Toccoa, GA) and Gunnar Heidt (Garden City, SC) got the Cougars their first run of the night. The College’s last run came just one inning later, with a solo homerun from Brandon Murray (Nassau, Bahamas) making the score 3-2. The eagles went on to score once more in the seventh, finishing the scoring at 4-2.
Saturday’s game saw the Cougars go on the board first, but not until Christian Powell (Greenwood, SC) successfully kept the Eagles at bay for three innings, only allowing two hits across them. A home run by Tyler Jackson (Bishopville, SC) brought in Harding and Murray in the top of the forth, giving them the early lead of 3-0. The College added to this in the seventh after a balk from GSU’s pitcher allowed Heidt to come home. The Eagles managed one run in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch, but that ultimately finished the scoring. The Cougars picked up the win on a 4-1 game, seeming to change the dynamic of the series and heightening the ante for Sunday’s final match between the two teams.
Sunday’s game was a tense and evenly matched game as each team viciously sought out the win. Matt Pegler (Greenville, SC), who was 5-0 going into the game, held of Eagles until the third inning, where a bunt, steal, and a single managed to get GSU the first run of the game. The College quickly matched this, with Marty Gantt’s (North Augusta, SC) single, steal, and then move by Daniel Aldrich’s (Mount Pleasant, SC) sacrifice bunt and Jackson’s fly out allowed him to score and bring the score to 1-1 in the fourth.
Just one inning later, the Cougars valiantly took the lead, with a solo home run by Bradley Goodson (Jacksonville, FL) notching up the score to 2-1. The lead didn’t last long however, as Georgia Southern loaded the bases and then used two singles to take back the lead. The Eagles managed a run once more in the eighth thanks to a triple and subsequent single. The College very nearly managed a dramatic comeback as Aldrich, Brandon Glazer (Hagerstown, MD), and Murray all made it on base, but a strike out eventually ended the game, with the score standing at 4-2 to GSU.
The Cougars now stand at 21-8 overall and 11-3 in the SoCon. They will next play two time College World Series Champion South Carolina at home on Wednesday at 6pm, with the next SoCon series away at Appalacian State this weekend.