The scope of the Southern Conference changed over the weekend.
While Georgia Southern was busy sweeping Davidson, College of Charleston’s sweep of Appalachian State affectively eliminated the Eagles from the possibility of a No. 1 seed in the SoCon tournament and left it down to the Cougars and The Citadel.
To GSU coach Rodney Hennon, that doesn’t matter right now.
The Eagles could grab the No. 2 seed this weekend by taking at least two out of three from The Citadel but, of course to Hennon and GSU, that doesn’t matter either.
“I’ll continue to say it,” said the coach after Monday’s practice. “We can’t be concerned with what everybody else does. We’ve just got to take care of the things we can control and we’ve got an important game with Jacksonville. We’ve just got to go down there and play well – try to start this week off on a positive note.”
The Eagles (33-19, 19-8 SoCon) have put together an 11-game winning streak, and keeping that up against the Dolphins (23-25, 12-11 Atlantic Sun) in Jacksonville, Fla. today at 6 p.m. is the only thing that matters at this point.
“We just want to talk about the next game and try to continue to play well day to day,” added Hennon.
The last time the teams faced on April 13, things were a bit different. Both squads were hovering around .500, and the Dolphins took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth. It was a JU throwing error that allowed Jake Ware to score and Kevin Bowles to reach and become the eventual winning run in the 6-5 GSU win.
Since that game, the two teams have gone in opposite directions. Jacksonville has gone 6-8 and continues playing .500 baseball, while the Eagles have won 15 of 19 since the matchup.
Still, with a 60-57 overall record against Jacksonville in the 52-year history of the series, Hennon knows never to take the Dolphins lightly. The Last time the Eagles were there in 2009, they fell 8-7.
“This series with Jacksonville has always been very competitive year-in and year-out, and this year has been no exception,” Hennon said. “We had a competitive game up here earlier in the year and I expect the same thing (today).”
Freshman Justin Hess (1-1, 3.67 ERA, 25 K) is the probable starter for the Eagles and Glenn Wikowski (2-7, 7.98 ERA, 28 K, 44 IP) is the projected starter for JU.
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