I guess that ranking wasn't a fluke. The Eagles earned a split this week against the 8th-ranked Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.
The first game could have gone either way, but for a misplayed flyball that might've been scored an error. Southern and Tech were knotted at 2 before Tech blew it open in the 5th. Phillip Porter, responsible for the flyball flub, responded by hittting a 2-run homer to pull the Eagles within 4, but they would come no closer to victory. Brian Pierce, more affectionately known as BP by the Eagle faithful, let the way with 3 hits, and Roman Grimaldi continued his hot streak, finishing with 2 hits and a swipe of second base.
The second, however, was a nightmare for the fans in Old Gold. Georgia Southern won the game 23-3 in the most lopsided game for Georgia Southern this season, which is saying something, considering some of margins of victory this season. Ty Wright, mentioned in the previous article, went back to the lead-off spot and respond by going 4-5 with 4 runs scored and his first collegiate grand slam, highlighting a 7-run effort in the 7th frame. With the Eagles leading 11-2, this game seemed to be in the bag. However, the Eagles weren't done yet. AJ Wirnsberger hit his team-leading 6th homer in th 8th inning, and then all hell broke loose in the 9th. With Georgia Tech closer Mark Pope in for a little light work, the Eagles struck, and hard. Will Southwell, a redshirt junior not known for his offense, seems to have woken his bat up. After a home run on Saturday night, Will Southwell went 2-2, 2B, HR and 4 RBI's. In the 9th inning. Kyle 'Bear' Blackburn woke from his 1-21 hibernation at the plate to hit an RBI single, and AJ added another RBI. The Eagles actually held runners up on the basepaths, trying not to stretch the lead any more than they needed to. On a side note, a North Cobb High School class mate of mine, Sean Devine, took over for Pope and recorded the last three outs, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and striking 2 out.
In talking about how good the Eagles were in my last dip in Eagle Creek, I omitted the fabulous season of Phillip Porter, out of Sprayberry HS in Marietta. He leads the team in slugging percentage (no small feat in Statesboro the past two years) and triples, with 2, has posted an avg/slg/ops of .361/.602/1.015, is second on the team with 6 homers and 6 stolen bases. My apologies to Phillip on overlooking his excellent season.