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Eagles finish Tech series on the road

Eagles finish Tech series on the road

Eagles finish Tech series on the road

    The Georgia Southern Eagles accomplished something significant over the weekend in sweeping The Citadel.
    They didn’t hit a home run.
    Through the first 31 games of the season, the Eagles had won five times without the benefit of a home run. On Friday and Saturday in Charleston, S.C., they won all three.
    “We got there Friday night and the wind was blowing straight in. There weren’t going to be any balls hit out of that ball park,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “This is nothing new, we talk about it from day one, but you pitch, play defense and manufacture runs, you always have an opportunity to win. We did a better job of that over there on the weekend.”
    GSU (24-10) led Division I in home runs for most of the season until last weekend, but was passed by Louisiana and Tennessee Tech.
    Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
    “We won four out of five games and we hit one home run all week. I think that’s a good thing,” Hennon said. “Earlier in the year we were relying too much on the home run to score. You’re not always going to do that. We did a good job with some situational things over the weekend.”
    The Eagles also got a Southern Conference sweep for the first time this season and won a conference series on the road for the first time since 2013, snapping a stretch of six road trips.
    Georgia Tech (19-13) welcomes GSU today for a 6 p.m., first pitch. The Yellow Jackets will look to avenge a 4-3 loss on Feb. 19, at J.I. Clements Stadium — a game in which GSU’s Garrett Chapman homered.The Yellow Jackets have similarly struggled but also took a step forward last week picking up a mid-week win over Georgia State and outscoring ACC rival Duke 19-8 in a three-game sweep.
    Tech also had four straight wins over SoCon opponents — a mid-week win over Western Carolina and a three-game sweep of UNC Greensboro — since meeting the Eagles.   
    “Their team has improved a lot too since we met them the first week of the season,” Hennon said about Georgia Tech.
    Will Middour (1-1, 4.82 ERA) will get the start for GSU. Middour has struggled with control this season, walking 16 batters in 18.2 innings of work, but allowed only a run in four innings in his last start against Kennesaw State.
    Georgia Tech will counter with Ben Parr (2-1, 3.00 ERA) a lefty with three starts in eight appearances.
    The Eagles will be without shortstop Dalton Busby, who left Saturday’s game against The Citadel with a leg injury suffered while running out a double. Hennon said Busby will be day-to-day heading into the weekend’s home series against UNCG.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-4908.

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