AMERICUS - Middle Georgia State University scored the first seven runs of the game Tuesday afternoon at Hurricane Stadium and cruised to 7-2 win over Georgia Southwestern in a non-conference baseball matchup.
GSW has dropped six of its last seven games to fall to 4-7 this spring while Middle Georgia improved its record to 12-4.
The Hurricanes found themselves in another early hole as Middle Georgia plated two runs in the first inning. In 11 games, GSW has surrendered 14 runs in the first frame.
Middle Georgia put two more runs on the board in the fourth and another pair in the seventh before tacking on its final run in the eighth.
Zach Barron put the Hurricanes on the board in the bottom of the eighth with a RBI single to center field to score Alex Kranick, who singled earlier in the frame. Dakota Long proved to be the final run of the afternoon when he was awarded home following a bases loaded balk.
GSW left runners on second and third to close out the eighth and were unable to bring around Aaron Crowe after he belted a one-out double in the ninth.
Kranick, Crowe and Jared Jones collected two hits apiece to lead GSW batters.
Andy Mocahbee went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI for Middle Georgia. Will Golden was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, walked twice and drove in a pair.
Hurricanes starter Jarrod Crum (0-2) threw four innings, allowed three earned runs and six hits, walked one and struck out three. Drew Powers tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Coty Graham gave up a pair of runs in his 1 1/3 innings on the hill, while Matt Hubbard and A.J. Hayes each took an inning out of the bullpen.
Middle Georgia used five pitchers in the game as well. Starter Jared Crews (1-0) kept GSW scoreless for six innings. He scattered four hits, walked one and struck out four.
GSW begins Peach Belt Conference play Friday at Columbus State. First pitch of the three-game series opener is scheduled for 5 p.m.