Felmy (3-for-5, 6 RBI) helped send the game into extra innings when he smacked a two-run single off GSU closer Steve Cogswell in the bottom of the ninth to make it 3-3. Prior to that, Georgia’s offense was limited to just one run on six hits plus some base-running miscues kept the Eagles out in front for much of the day. For example, the first five Bulldogs reached in the bottom of the first, but Georgia failed to score as a runner was thrown out at home, third and picked off second. In the seventh trailing 2-1, Georgia had runners at second and third and nobody out but came up empty.
“This was a nice win especially the way we played early and ran the bases,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “I guess we had a problem running the bases because we haven’t been out there that much with our offense struggling. Our pitching has been getting the job done and now if we get our offense going and I think we will, we’ll be fine.”
Junior Bo Lanier picked up the win for the Bulldogs who improved to 5-1 while the Eagles fell to 3-5. Cogswell got the loss to drop to 1-1 as he allowed five runs on three hits in 2.1 innings.
Georgia Southern took a 1-0 lead in the third when James Payne had a base hit and scored on a double by Brett Pelfrey off Bulldog starter Michael Hyle. In the fifth, Georgia’s Joey Side tied the game with a solo home run down the right field line off GSU starter Josh Lairsey. It was the only run he allowed as he tossed the first six innings and scattered six hits.
GSU’s Brent Stephens led off the seventh with a pinch-hit triple off freshman Joshua Fields. After a walk, Fields got Payne to ground into a double play but Stephens scored for a 2-1 lead. In the ninth, the Eagles went up 3-1 on a throwing error by redshirt-freshman catcher Joe Billick. Georgia responded in the ninth as Josh Morris (1-for-2, 3 BB) singled and Jason Jacobs was hit by a Cogswell offering setting the stage for Felmy’s first big hit of the day.
In the 10th, Lanier issued a one-walk to Logan Phillips who promptly stole second base. A groundout moved him to third, and then a wild pitch allowed Phillips to score at give the Eagles the lead again at 4-3. In the bottom of the frame, Jonathan Wyatt started the comeback with a base hit. Brandon Masters was hit by Cogswell’s 1-0 offering. Pinch-hitter Jake Crane put down a sacrifice bunt to move both Bulldogs into scoring position. The Eagles opted to intentionally walk Morris to load the bases. Jason Jacobs followed with a hard grounder right back to Cogswell who knocked it down with his bare hand and fired home to force out Wyatt for the second out. Cogswell injured his hand on the play but tried to continue. He threw two pitches to Felmy before having to leave the game with his hand bleeding between the index and middle finger. Sophomore Thomas Turner inherited the 2-0 count. With the count 3-1, Felmy launched his second career grand slam to right center to cap the comeback.
“It was great to pull this one out, but it would not have been possible without my teammates getting on in front of me plus our pitching staff kept us in the game,” said Felmy. “Our pitchers have been doing a great job. Our offense is coming around, we just have to stick to the plan.”
Up next, Georgia takes on Georgia State Wednesday in Marietta at the East Cobb Complex. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.