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Eagles regroup at home against CSU

    If there was any good news Sunday when UNC Greensboro earned the three-game sweep over Georgia Southern, it was that a shakeup in the starting lineup proved effective.
    Shawn Payne, the Eagles’ leadoff hitter throughout the season thus far, moved down to the six hole, while Scooter Williams, who recently returned from an injury, took over the leadoff spot.
    Though GSU (25-19, 13-8 Southern Conference) fell 8-3, Payne and Williams combined to go 4-for-8 and Payne hit his sixth homer of the season in the top of the ninth.
    “I thought Scooter did a good job, and Shawn was a little more productive down there behind [Steve] Cochrane as well,” said GSU coach Rodney Hennon. “We’ll look at it day to day and decide how it’s going to work. We’re focusing on practice right now, and we’ll focus a little more on the lineup between now and then.”
    Today, the Eagles host Charleston Southern (22-22) to kick off a seven-game home stretch and close out the mid-week home schedule.
    The starting lineup against CSU has yet to be determined.
    “We’ll just kind of look at it day to day now,” Hennon said. “Shawn had struggled for a couple games there Friday and Saturday, and we just decided to shake it up.”
    Freshman Will Middour (3-1, 6.04 ERA) will get his fifth start of the season as the Eagles look to rebound from a weekend conference sweep in which they led in each game.
    First pitch against the Buccaneers is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    Sophomore Victor Roache continues his hot streak at the plate entering today.
    He homered three times against UNCG to continue leading Division I — James Madison’s Jake Lowery sits in second place nationally with 20 home runs — and moved his season total to 23. He moved into seventh place in Georgia Southern history for home runs in a single season.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.