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That's more like it, Eagles


April 08, 2014

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    That was just what the doctor ordered.
    Coming into the weekend, Georgia Southern baseball was just 6-8 over the past three weeks and was sitting in the middle of the pack in the Southern Conference with a 4-5 conference record. Then, the Eagles went to Charleston over the weekend and swept a three-game series at The Citadel.
    Friday’s opener saw the Bulldogs blow a 4-0 lead as the Eagles plated four runs in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to win 7-4. Sam Howard picked up the win for the Eagles by scattering eight hits in six innings of work.
    Games 2 and 3 were played as a doubleheader Saturday. In the first game of the day, the Eagles put up five runs in the third inning en route to a 10-1 win. Josh Wirsu tossed a complete game and struck out 13 batters to pick up the win and improve his record to 6-2 on the year.
    Georgia Southern got more good pitching in the nightcap as Ryan Frederick, Jason Richman and Matt McCall combined to hold The Citadel scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning. With the Eagles leading 5-0, the Bulldogs made it interesting when they managed to push two runs across, but they could not complete the comeback, and Southern won 5-2.
    Southern is now 24-10 on the season and 7-5 in SoCon play. Western Carolina (20-9, 8-1) and Davidson (20-8, 10-2) sit atop the standings, but Samford, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Elon are all within striking distance.
    The good news for the Eagles is that they have played three of the top five teams in the conference already, so hopefully they can feast on a weaker conference schedule going forward. Southern travels to Atlanta Tuesday night for a meeting with Georgia Tech. The Eagles beat the Yellow Jackets 4-3 earlier this season in Statesboro. Then, this weekend, UNC Greensboro (14-16, 2-6) comes to town. First pitch Friday is set for 6 p.m., Saturday’s game starts at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
    Georgia Southern softball continues to roll along. The two-time defending SoCon champions once again find themselves perched at the top of the standings with an 11-1 record in conference play. The Eagles are 27-11 overall. Southern has won six straight and will host Georgia State Tuesday night before traveling to Furman (20-17, 7-4) this weekend for a three-game set.
    Finally, Georgia Southern football will hold its annual Blue-White Spring Game on Saturday at Paulson Stadium, and the weekend will have no shortage of entertainment options for anyone who bleeds blue.
    Eagle baseball will be at home all weekend, and a full day of activities is planned for Saturday at Paulson Stadium. That morning, tailgaters will compete to find the best tailgate chef in the Eagle Nation. Anyone who would like to help judge can buy a $2 wristband to sample all contest entries beginning at 10 a.m. The Blue-White game kicks off at noon, and admission is free. This will be our first chance to see what this team will look like under new head coach Willie Fritz. Personally, I’m also excited about getting to see the newly renovated and expanded Paulson Stadium up close.
    Saturday evening is the annual Eagle Football Alumni Association Reverse Raffle and Auction, one of my favorite events of the year and a huge fundraiser for the association, which helps fund scholarships for Georgia Southern football. There will be some great auction items up for bid, live music and a $10,000 grand prize.
    It should be a great weekend — I know I’m looking forward to it.

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