Baseball's 1st loss comes to Ga Southern

Athens - Georgia Southern handed sixth-ranked Georgia its first lost of the season, posting a 4-1 victory in front of a Foley Field season-high crowd of 3,625.

The Eagles (3-4) got a strong performance from sophomore left-hander Everett Teaford who carried a one-hitter to the eighth inning. After the first two Bulldogs reached on base hits, the Eagles turned it over to their bullpen. Georgia scratched across a run on a base hit by Brandon Masters (2-for-3) but that would be it as A.J. Battisto and Steve Cogswell blanked the Bulldogs (4-1) the rest of the way. Teaford evened his record to 1-1, allowing just one run on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Cogswell notched his second save by recording the final four outs.

Georgia Southern strung together four hits in the second capped by Jeremy Beckham's two-run double to stake the Eagles to a 2-0 advantage. Georgia starter Sean Ruthven ran into trouble in the fourth allowing two runners to reach with no outs. Sophomore Brooks Brown relieved Ruthven and only allowed one run to score on a sacrifice fly by Brett Pelfrey putting the Eagles up 3-0. Ruthven got the loss to fall to 1-1 as he gave up three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Brown threw three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Junior left-hander Will Startup entered the game for the Bulldogs in the eighth and rendered a solo home run to catcher Flint Wipke (3-for-4, 2 R, RBI) to pull ahead Georgia Southern up 4-0.

The Eagles and the Bulldogs will face off again Sunday at 1:00 pm. Georgia will start junior right-hander Michael Hyle (0-0, 2.70 ERA) and he will be opposed by sophomore left-hander John Lairsey (1-1, 7.36).


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