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Foley’s Quick Hits for Feb. 22nd

We saw several upsets on Tuesday during mid-week games including the biggest one with Texas A&M Corpus-Christi defeating the Texas Longhorns in Austin. The other major upsets were Lamar defeating Rice and Georgia Southern defeating Georgia Tech.

  • Texas A&M Islanders led by junior catcher Jumpy Garcia’s 2-5, 4 RBI performance were able to defeat the seventh ranked Longhorns. Justin Meza had an interesting start, surrendering just two hits and punching out seven batters in 5 1/3 innings. He was wild though as the Horns were walked eight times and hit once. The Islanders last defeated UT when they were ranked No. 1 in 2003.
  • The other big upset of the day was the Lamar Cardinals stunning the 18th ranked Rice Owls by pounding out 23 hits while cruising to a 12-7 victory. Heading into the game, Lamar had only scored a total of four runs in their first four games but made up for that in the third inning by scoring five runs in the frame. Jim Gilligan talked about the offensive expolosion saying “”That was well needed, we had an anemic showing at the plate in four games this weekend and we really needed it. I thought our approach at the plate tonight was really good.”¬†Lamar starting pitcher Rice starter Tony Cingrani lasted only 2.1 innings giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
  • The other big upset of the day was Georgia Southern beating the visiting Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 6-5. GT is a young squad this season so a couple of random losses are expected throughout the season but the biggest issue is Yellow Jackets closer Kevin Jacob. He entered the game with a 5-4 lead but ended up giving up three walks and a hit. The Eagles were able to use those walks to pick up a walk-off victory over the Yellow Jackets. The leader for Georgia Southern’s offense was Ben Moore who went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. You can check out a video interview with Georgia Southern head coach Rodney Hennon below.

Photos/Video courtesy of GA Southern Media Relations.

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