Now that's a weekend pitching rotation.
With the Sunday starter role in doubt just two short weeks ago, junior righty Andy Moye removed the question marks by pitching eight scoreless innings, striking out 13 (both career highs) and leading Georgia Southern to a 12-0 win Sunday as the Eagles swept UNC Greensboro to improve to 7-2 in Southern Conference play.
Moye's performance came after leading the Eagles to an 11-2 win over Wofford in the previous series, and garnered him SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors - the first since Chris Mederos was given the award on April 20, 2009.
It was also the first shutout by the Eagles since a 2-0 win over Davidson on May 6, 2007.
The performance overshadowed Jake Brown's second complete game of the season Friday and Matt Murray's seven-plus inning, six-strikeout effort Saturday afternoon.
` The emergence of freshman Justin Hess as the mid-week starter to round out the rotation couldn't have come at a better time. The Eagles have had two mid-week games on the schedule, but played one last week, have one today against North Florida and will have a week off between back-to-back road series against the College of Charleston and Elon.
"I like having those days off because you get to regroup," said Brown. "You get to rethink what you're going to do that week."
The Eagles (14-11, 7-2 SoCon) have revenge on their minds this week as North Florida comes to J.I. Clements Stadium looking to complete the series sweep.
The bullpen saw six pitchers take the mound in March 3's 14-3 loss to the Ospreys.
The pitching isn't the only aspect of Georgia Southern's game that has improved since then. The Eagles committed five errors against UNF and got just three runs off of eight hits.
Compare that to the weekend series against UNCG where GSU committed only two fielding miscues and scored 26 runs on 32 hits including two Kyle Blackburn homers, and it's easy to see how the Eagles are a more confident bunch than they were the last time the Ospreys faced them.
Blackburn (.337, 9 HR, 39 RBI) isn't the only one on the team hitting the ball. The team average currently sits at .291, up from .271 when the Eagles faced the Ospreys the first time.
Blackburn and third baseman A.J. Wirnsberger (.337, 7 HR, 7 2B) are two of six Eagles batting over .300 and are each slugging .674.
First pitch today is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.