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Eagles face Spartans, seek 1st SoCon win

    After a five-game road trip, Georgia Southern's baseball team (7-10, 0-3) returns to J.I. Clements Stadium a Southern Conference three-game series against UNC Greensboro (10-6, 1-2) at 6 p.m. today.
    The series continues at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and concludes at 1:30 p.m.
    GSU was swept in its SoCon opener at Elon last weekend, just the second time in program history that the Eagles were swept in their first SoCon series of the year. The 2007 Eagles were swept at home by Furman but finished the year 34-28 after posting a 10-game winning streak late in the year.
    Eric Phillips leads the Eagles with a .466 batting average, eight doubles and 23 runs batted in. The senior co-captain has hit in every game this season and is tied for the NCAA lead in hits with 34. Phillips tied his career-high 18 game hitting streak with a bunt single at Wake Forest and will look to extend it into the top five of GSU history this weekend.
    GSU's Scooter Williams is hitting .375 in his last five games and has a nine-game hitting streak.
    GSU's Chris Beck takes a 1-2 record and 4.33 earned-run average to the mound tonight against UNCG's Tyler Hollstegge (2-0, 3.12).
    Josh Stevenson will make his first start of the season for the Eagles on Saturday after seven appearances out of the bullpen this season. The junior college transfer threw 2 2/3 innings at Wake Forest on Tuesday. He struck out three batters while allowing a run on two hits.
    Will Middour returns to GSU's rotation Sunday for the first time since May 5, 2011.    
    Not much has changed for UNCG, which finished second in the SoCon last year behind solid pitching and sacrifice bunting. The Spartans lead the nation this year with 32 sacrifice bunts and are sixth in the league with a 3.97 staff ERA. New to the offense this year is the long ball. UNCG, which hit just 23 homers in 2011, is second in the conference with 19 home runs. Trevor Edwards leads the squad with seven home runs and 15 RBIs, while a pair of others have hit three homers.
    The Eagles hold a narrow 25-22 advantage in the all-time series after dropping all three games last season. GSU is 15-6 at home against the Spartans and is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams.
    All GSU games can be heard on Boomer 103.7 FM, and inside the stadium on 88.1 FM.