Southern Conference Baseball Standings
Team SoCon All Stk GB
Davidson 15-4 25-12 W-2 —
Western Carolina 13-4 28-14 W-2 1
Samford 10-8 26-18 L-2 4.5
Elon 11-10 25-19 L-4 5
Appalachian State 9-8 16-26 L-2 5
Georgia Southern 10-11 28-18 W-1 6
UNC Greensboro 7-8 20-19 W-3 6
Furman 7-10 17-25 W-1 7
Wofford 5-12 23-21 L-1 9
The Citadel 4-16 18-26 L-1 11.5
#20 Alabama at Samford, 7 p.m.
Charleston Southern at Wofford, 6 p.m.
Furman at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m.
Georgia Southern at Kennesaw State, 6 p.m.
Wake Forest at Western Carolina, 6 p.m.
Of all the words that could describe the Georgia Southern Eagles in 2014, the one you definitely couldn’t use is “streaky.”
The Eagles haven’t won more than six straight or lost more than five straight all season, and haven’t been swept by anyone in a midweek or weekend series.
GSU (28-18) snapped a four-game losing streak over the weekend and avoided a sweep by Wofford with a 20-2 win.
Today’s opponent, Kennesaw State, has been the definition of streaky. The Owls (25-20) lost 11 of 13 before turning things around and launching off on an 11-game winning streak.
They are led by one of the nation’s elite catchers, Max Pentecost, who has started all 45 KSU games and is batting .402 with 76 hits on the season.
“It’s a solid team with a catcher who figures to go high in the draft,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said about the Owls. “They always have pretty good pitching depth, and for them, they don’t play this weekend so there’s no telling who we’ll see on the mound.”
The Eagles have an impressive 18-9 record in non-conference play but have had their struggles in conference on the weekends.
“I don’t know that there’s any one thing you can point to,” Hennon said about the weekend struggles. “For whatever reason, you look at our numbers and our numbers aren’t as good on the weekends in league play. I don’t know that it’s any one thing you can pinpoint. We have an opportunity hopefully to get the game in at Kennesaw and then Furman on the road on the weekend.”
Impending weather threatens to impact today’s game time, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
The Eagles will close the season with weekend sets at Furman and at home against Western Carolina, then wrap up the regular season on May 13 at Jacksonville.
The sixth-place Eagles need to stay put in the SoCon standings or finish higher to avoid a play-in game in the Southern Conference tournament, which will feature pairings between the league’s bottom four teams.
But it’s one game at a time from here on out.
“The best thing we can do is just focus on winning the next game and take care of our business,” Hennon said.
Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.