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Georgia Southern golf brings home 4th SoCon title


April 29, 2014

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    So, should we start with the good news or the bad news?
    Let’s get the bad out of the way. In last week’s article, we were hoping this week would be a get-well week for Georgia Southern baseball, but the Eagles have since lost three out of four and had one rain-out. Not exactly what we were looking for.
    Southern fell 5-3 at home to the College of Charleston before going on the road and dropping the first two in their series at Wofford. Yes, the same Wofford who entered the weekend at 3-11 in conference play and in next-to-last place. What in the world is going on?
    Southern did manage to take out some frustrations Sunday afternoon by pounding the Terriers 20-2. It would have been nice if some of those 20 runs could have been applied to the first two games of the weekend.
    The Eagles drop to 10-11 in SoCon play but remain in the sixth spot. They are now 28-18 overall, and with just eight games remaining, they are guaranteed to finish the regular season with a winning record.
    This week, Southern travels to Kennesaw State on Wednesday, then hits the road for Furman (17-25, 7-10) over the weekend.
    Now for some good news.
    Let’s start with the really good: Georgia Southern golf is your 2014 Southern Conference Champion. It is the program’s fourth SoCon title.
    Trailing by four strokes entering the final round, the Eagles shot a 1-over par to win it by one stroke over Chattanooga. Southern got another ace by Hayden Anderson on the ninth hole and held on for the win down the stretch.
    Georgia Southern awaits the NCAA regional selection, which will be announced on May 5, to find out where they will play May 15–17. What a year it has been for Eagle golf — and they aren’t done yet!
    Georgia Southern softball took two of three from second-place Chattanooga over the weekend in its final home SoCon series. In doing so, the first-place Eagles (32-17, 14-4) put some distance between themselves and the rest of the conference. Furman (27-22, 11-6) sits in second, and Chattanooga (27-19, 10-7) has dropped to third.  If the Eagles can win two out of three over Samford this weekend, Georgia Southern will win the regular-season championship and earn the No. 1 seed in the SoCon tournament, no matter what anybody else does. The tournament will be held in Greensboro, N.C., next weekend.
    Georgia Southern football has made some news recently with some scheduling announcements. The jump to FBS and the Sun Belt appears to have really opened some doors for the Eagles to schedule some major programs.
    Over the past several weeks, Georgia Southern has announced future FBS games with Western Michigan (home-and-home 2015 and 2016), at West Virginia (2015) and with Kent State (home-and-home 2018 and 2019). Georgia Southern’s previously scheduled 2016 matchup at Georgia also has been moved up to 2015. Nothing official has come from GSU yet, but a trip to Ole Miss appears to be in the works for the Eagles as well.
    Another big announcement was made by the Sun Belt Conference last week that a new bowl game, the Cure Bowl, will give the SBC a fourth bowl tie-in. The inaugural bowl will be held in December 2015 in Orlando and will match a Sun Belt team with a team from the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East).
    Finally, in addition to the two Thursday-night home games that will be broadcast on ESPNU, Georgia Southern’s Nov. 15 game at Navy has been picked up by CBS Sports Network, giving the Eagles three games on national television this fall.
    Regardless of whether you were in favor of the move to FBS, these recent announcements have proven that the opportunities for exposure available to Georgia Southern now far exceed anything the SoCon and FCS ever were able to offer. Personally, I’m excited to see what else is in store for the future of Georgia Southern football.
    Now, if Aug. 30 would just hurry up and get here…

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