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GS Pitcher Ty Fisher piteched a shutout Credit: A.J. Henderson - GS Athletics

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GS Eagles Ty Fisher’s dominant performance in the second game of the Statesboro Regional propelled the top-seeded Georgia Southern baseball team to a strong 8-0 shutout win over the SoCon champions UNCG Spartans. The win advances GS in the winner’s bracket, who will face Notre Dame in Game Four on Saturday, June 4 approximately 55 minutes after Game Three concludes. Which is scheduled for 5 PM, Saturday, June 4, 2022.

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Georgia Southern (41-18) plated one run in the bottom of the first inning, when a sac fly from Christian Avant would plate Jesse Sherrill to give the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second inning, a JP Tighe RBI-double to left field would score Sam Blancato, doubling the Eagle’s lead to 2-0.

The Eagles used a big bottom of the fifth inning to put some distance between them and UNCG (34-29), scoring four runs in the process. The inning was highlighted by Avant’s two-RBI single to score Sherrill and Tighe, giving Avant three RBI on the day. An Austin Thompson sac fly would score Jason Swan, and a Jarrett Brown RBI single would score Avant, putting the Eagles up 6-0.

Georgia Southern would finish its scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning, Noah Ledford from a UNCG error, and scoring Thompson from a Blancato RBI-double down the right field line, giving the Eagles the 8-0 lead and eventually the final.

Ty Fisher had one of the most dominant performances of his career, pitching a complete game for the third time in his career. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering his first hit. Fisher struck out six, allowed only four singles and a walk.

QUICK HITS

Ty Fisher had a perfect game until the top of the sixth inning, when he allowed his only walk of the day. Fisher also had a no-hitter going until the top of the seventh inning.

Fisher’s complete game was the first for the Eagles since May 24, 2018, when Seth Shuman threw a complete game against UT-Arlington.

This was also the first postseason shutout for the Eagles since the 2014 Tallahassee Regional, where GS defeated host Florida State 7-0.

Christian Avant led the Eagles’ offense with three RBI, knocking one hit and scoring a run of his own.

QUOTES FROM POSTGAME

GS Head Coach Rodney Hennon

  • On Ty Fisher
    • “Today he had really good stuff, but the thing I appreciate about Ty, I think it’s the mark of an outstanding pitcher, is that even on those days that he doesn’t have his good stuff, he battles, he competes for you and he gives you a chance to win.”
  • On Crowd Support
    • “It’s special, I’ve said that all week. It means a lot, first of all to these guys, I mean they’ve worked so hard to get here and put us in this position. But also the players that came before them. I’ve heard from a lot of guys, got to see a lot of those guys yesterday. The fact that they come back and take so much pride in it. Our University, our community, to see all of the hard work that’s gone into this and people from within our department, from within our community, the support we get from Dr. Marrero and the administration and Jared. That’s pretty special. I’ve said all week, that’s what makes Statesboro and Georgia Southern such a special place. This community gets behind you. It’s not like that everywhere I don’t think. This is a special place, I’ve said that.”

GS Pitcher Ty Fisher

  • On his performance
    • “After the first inning, I thought I could do something kind of cool and it worked out. I was able to locate both sides of the plate with the fastball and curveball felt really nice at the end. The change up wasn’t really there at first but started to come along second or third time through the order. 

GS Right-fielder Christian Avant

  • On Ty Fisher
    • “It’s awesome for us. I can’t say enough about what he does on the mound. I know he is one of my favorite pitchers, I’ve played here for five years, he’s one of my favorite pitchers to play behind. I know he’s going to be in the zone, I’m ready for the ball at all times. Walks and hit-by-pitches are limited so I know the ball is doming; to stay on my toes. Then three up, three down that just fires us up and gets us ready to hit. We usually score pretty early when our pitchers get ahead and get a three up, three down. It gives us momentum and we just have to keep it up.”

UP NEXT

The Eagles will take on second-seed Seed Notre Dame in game four of the regional 55 minutes after Game Three ends which is scheduled for 5 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

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