By MATT YOGUS
When the top two teams in the conference face off, the one that strikes first usually has the upper hand.
Elon has been doing it all year long.
He's hit more home runs than anybody else in the country.
Georgia Southern picked a good day to put it all together.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia Southern's Juan Melian Puigventos has been named Southern Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Year as announced Tuesday by the league office.
Amazingly enough, despite injuries to five probable defensive starters and two offensive starters before or during spring camp, it looks like we'll have a pretty good idea who will be out there for the Georgia Southern Eagles when the 2011 season kicks off.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Georgia Southern (22-15, 11-4) survived a high-scoring 16-13 affair for the series victory over Western Carolina (14-19-1, 5-13) on Sunday, April 17th. Three home runs, four multi-hit performances and 16 hits provided the offense for the Eagles to score their 16 runs.
FLORENCE, S.C – Playing in his first Southern Conference Championship, junior Lewis Gruber looked quite at home, firing a 4-under 68 to finish in a first-place tie in the individual standings after day one. Gruber's performance, coupled with three Eagles playing inside the top-25 individual standings, guided Georgia Southern to a three-way tie for first place after the first round of the 75th SoCon Golf Championship.
Georgia Southern received a pair of great pitching performances from Brianna Streetmon and Allie Miles Saturday afternoon on the softball diamond.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Georgia Southern opened up an early 5-0 lead but had to hold to a one-run lead in the final two innings to split the series with Western Carolina with an 8-7 victory on Saturday.
The Georgia Southern Golf team, coming off a two-week break from competition, travels to Florence, S.C., for the 2011 Southern Conference Golf Championships beginning today.
It was all White in the first half of Friday night's Georgia Southern Blue/White game at Paulson Stadium, but things got so interesting at the end, the fourth quarter's running clock was turned back into a normal game clock so things could play out.
Cullowhee, NC. - On a day when Victor Roache hit home run number 16, Western Carolina (14-17-1, 5-11) took the series opener from Georgia Southern (20-15, 9-4) 12-3 on Friday, April 15th. Roache moved to within one of the Division I leader, Jake Lowery (James Madison), for the moment. GSU and WCU will continue the series today at 3 p.m. with the finale slated for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Is it a practice? A scrimmage? An exhibition?
Did you notice anything different in the air when you woke up Tuesday morning? Was there a sense of newness, wonder and anticipation that wasn't present on Monday?
It's been long anticipated, but as of today, Georgia Southern is officially an all-sports member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Eric Alonzo (P, GSU)