Eddie Burns continued his dominance of in-state teams by pitching eight innings and giving up only one earned run as the Jackets pounded out a 10-2 win over Georgia Southern. Burns pitched a complete game shut out against Georgia State last week. Danny Payne and Michael Fisher led the Jacket attack with three hits apiece. The three hits for Fisher gives him ten in the last four games.
Unlike games earlier this year, the Jackets got the clutch hits with two outs and runners on base. Luke Murton, Patrick Long, and Jeff Ussery all contributed two out RBI hits. Murton and Long each chipped in with two hits. Since his move to the number two slot, Murton has contributed 5 hits in two games.
Burns struck out a career high 10 batters and only gave up 7 hits. Once again, Nick Scherer helped Burns stay in control throughout the game. Since being reunited with his old battery mate, Burns has become a confident and dominant pitcher. Freshman Will Hirsch came on in the ninth and set Southern down in order. Hirsch has yet to give up a run or a hit this year.
The Jackets take on Southern again Wednesday afternoon in a 3pm start. The highly touted TBA will be pitching for the Jackets Wednesday.
News and Notes- The injury bug continues to hit the Jacket squad. Brad Feltes has been out the past two games with a leg injury that looks to be a deep bruise. His replacement at third, Patrick Long, is still slowed by a knee injury. Wally Crancer is still hampered by a hamstring problem but continues to dh.
Tim Gustafson and Lee Hyde have been having good springs with the Braves and both may start the season as starting pitchers. The game tonight was originally scheduled to be broadcast on 790 but due to problems with the new phone carrier Wes and Randy were forced off the air.
Faces in the Crowd - Many current and former athletes were in the crowd this evening supporting the Jackets. Calvin Booker, A.J. Smith, Jeremis Smith and some of the softbees were in attendance. Former players Jordan Crews, Cameron Lane, and Steven Blackwood were also at the games. Blackwood was doing the ACC select broadcast. Wide receiver coach Buddy Geis, a regular supporter of the Jackets, was at tonight's game.