The Georgia Southern Eagles knocked off the Yellow Jackets today 11-4 in the season opener for Georgia Tech. Chris Hollis, Jeremy Beckham, and Matt Miller led the offensive charge for the Eagles. Hollis had a 2-4 day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Jeremy Beckham went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. The big day was had by Matt Miller who pumped in five RBI’s in his two hits. The Eagles pitching on the day was led by a very good pitching performance from reliever A.J. Battisto who pitched 3 innings of shutout relief to give the Eagles the victory. Georgia Tech leading offensive force Matt Wieters was held hitless on the day in four at-bats. Danny Payne had two hits in three at bats today. David Duncan pitched five innings but gave up six runs (all earned) to pick up the loss in his first start of the year. Duncan looked shaky to the CBB staff last season when we had a chance to see him.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the season on Saturday with a visit to Georgia Southern. The Jackets are coming off a 50-18 season in 2006 and a CWS appearance. The Jackets are led by All-American catcher Matt Weiters who also closes games. He was named the number 2 pro prospect this summer in the CCBL behind Justin Smoak. David Duncan will be the lead returning pitcher. Georgia Southern is heading into the series with a 1-2 record from their series in Hawai’i.
The Rainbows of Hawai’i took the rubber game of their three game set against Georgia Southern 2-1 to take the series two games to one. Brian Wilkerson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Eagles but gave up two runs in the inning after giving up back to back singles to Justin Frash and Brandon Haislet to set up Kris Sanchez who hit a two run double to drive them in. Sanchez has been on fire early in the season and he continues it with a 1-2 performance tonight.
The Rainbows took Game 2 of the series with Georgia Southern on Friday by a score of 5-3. Mark Rodrigues pitched 5 innings while only allowing one earned run to pick up the victory. Georgia Southern starter Drew Murray pitched the first four innings of the game and gave up all five runs (2 earned) while walking five. The Eagles defense gave him no help by committing four errors in the first three innings. Kris Sanchez of Hawai’i has continued his great start to the season by going 4-4 on Friday to bring his average up to .650. The teams are both back to action on Saturday at 1:05 pm local time.
The Georgia Southern Eagles won a crazy game against Hawai’i on Thursday night by a score of 13-11. Mike Economos led the Eagle offense by going 5-5 with 5 runs scored and drove in five. Justin Fresh led the Rainbow offense by going 3-4 with two RBI’s. There was way too much action in this game and I don’t want to miss any of it so click on the links below.
Georgia Southern Recap
Hawai’i Rainbows Recap
The Georgia Southern Eagles are in Hawaii this weekend to play 3 games against the Warriors of Hawaii. The Eagles will be opening the season with this three game series while Hawaii took two out of three games from Santa Clara. The entire series can be heard for free here.
The Western Carolina Catamounts were picked by Collegiate Baseball to win the Southern Conference in 2007. The full press release from Western Carolina is available here.
Projected Order of Finish
1. Western Carolina
2. College of Charleston
4. UNC Greensboro
5. The Citadel
6. Georgia Southern
8. Appalachian State