ATHENS — Georgia Southern dropped a 5-1 decision to Georgia in nonconference baseball action.
The Eagles (1-2) were held to just two hits to lose the opening series of the season. The series loss snaps a run of four-straight series wins over Georgia for the Eagles dating back to 2005.
Richmond Hill native Brian Eichhorn started on the mound Sunday for GSU, throwing four innings in his collegiate debut. He allowed three hits, a run and a walk and struck out one, but did not factor in the decision.
UGA starting pitcher Kevin Smith held the Eagles to two hits in his seven innings of work while striking out seven and walking two. The lone run he allowed was unearned.
“Kevin Smith pitched really well for Georgia today,” GSU head coach Rodney Hennon said. “He did a good job getting ahead in the count and mixing his pitches. We weren’t able to get a lot going offensively, and that is an area we’re going to improve on over the next week. Despite that, we really played good defense as a whole for the three-game series. We had a chance to finish a couple double plays today, and they scored both times we didn’t finish a double play. Unfortunately, when you’re struggling offensively, there is a small margin of error and that caught up with us today.”
The Bulldogs were held in check offensively until the bottom the fifth when they scored four runs.
Georgia Tech was scheduled to come to Clements Stadium on Wednesday. Results were unavailable at press time.
This weekend, GSU hosts Radford for a four-game series beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. The teams play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, then wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
Next week, the Eagles host the College of Charleston at 6 p.m. Tuesday.