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Eagles return to Southern Conference play at Furman

    After picking up its second straight win and its third in the last four games, Georgia Southern's baseball team (10-11 overall, 2-4 Southern Conference) will return to SoCon play at Furman this weekend.
    The three-game series opens at 6 p.m. today at Latham Stadium in Greenville, S.C.
    The Eagles will send the same rotation from the UNC Greensboro series victory to the mound against the Paladins. Chris Beck will go for a team-best third win tonight. The junior is 2-2 with a 3.89 earned-run average after striking out a season-best nine batters in his last start.
    Furman (11-11, 1-5) will counter with Bobby Lyne (3-2, 3.49 ERA), who started opposite Beck a year ago. Lyne picked up the Paladins' lone SoCon win in his last start at Samford with seven scoreless innings.
    GSU (10-11, 2-4) is coming off a 17-11 win against Jacksonville University on Tuesday night. The Eagles jumped ahead, 15-2, after the fourth inning but let the Dolphins back into the contest with a five-run fifth inning. Chase Griffin capped off a great weekend with two home runs, four hits and five runs batted in. The freshman hit .583 with seven hits, five runs, three homers and nine RBIs in his last three games.
    Furman opened the Samford series with a 3-2 win but was unable to pick up a series victory after dropping the final two games, 11-1 and 4-1. The Paladins put up a good effort against No. 6 South Carolina but dropped their third straight contest, 8-5 on Tuesday.
    GSU's Eric Phillips leads the SoCon with a .452 batting average and ranks third in the NCAA with 38 hits. The senior co-captain cracked the top 10 for career stolen bases with his 15th stolen base of the year.
    All games can be heard on Boomer 103.7 FM.