The 21st-ranked Georgia Southern baseball team fell in Game Four of the Statesboro Regional to Notre Dame by a score of 6-4 on Saturday night in front of a record-setting crowd at J.I. Clements Stadium.
Georgia Southern (41-19) got on the board first with the regional’s first home run in the top of the top of the third inning when Noah Ledford shot a solo homer over the right field wall. Notre Dame (37-14) would respond with two solo shots of its own in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Georgia Southern came back with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead, first from a Sam Blancato RBI single to score Ledford, and then a Kyler Hultgren two-RBI single to score Blancato and Austin Thompson. The Fighting Irish would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, with the bases loaded, the Eagles would hit two consecutive ND batters to bring in two runs, giving the Irish a 6-4 lead, which would be the final tally.
- Ben Johnson entered the game as the bottom of the first inning began. Johnson pitched 3 2/3 innings, striking out four and only walking one while allowing two Notre Dame runs.
- Noah Ledford led the Eagles’ offense with a 3-for-3 night, including the Statesboro Regional’s first home run, one walk, and one RBI.
- Sam Blancato also had a multi-hit night, with two hits, a walk, and an RBI.
- The Eagles’ pitching had five strikeouts on the night: Ben Johnson had four, and Jaylen Paden had one.
- The crowd of 3,533 was a new J.I. Clements Stadium record.
The Eagles will look to fend off elimination against Texas Tech in Game Five of the Statesboro Regional. First pitch on Sunday from J.I. Clements Stadium is set for 2:06 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2022. Texas Tech will be the designated home team for the contest.
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