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Eagles welcome Davidson to town

    Georgia Southern has chalked up some impressive wins this season.
    The Eagles are 3-1 against the Southeastern Conference, took a couple from Xavier, split with Indiana, beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta and knocked off a tough Mercer squad in mid-week action.
    Just because Davidson is coming to town doesn’t mean GSU (13-7, 5-1 Southern Conference) can afford to take a weekend off.
    The Wildcats (8-11, 4-5) have lost 21-straight games to Georgia Southern, but showed off the SoCon’s parity last weekend by taking two of three from red-hot Furman, including a 22-2 drubbing on Saturday.
    “You’ve got to be ready to play every day,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “Anybody in our league on any given day can beat you. We’re just trying to focus on whoever we’re playing next and kind of leave it at that.”
    Davidson dropped two mid-week games to Cornell Tuesday and Wednesday. The Eagles, on the other hand, beat No. 11 Georgia Tech, 5-4, on Tuesday,  to avenge a pair of losses to the Yellow Jackets earlier in the season.
    Justin Hess, despite allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth, struck out three Yellow Jackets to secure the win.
    “It helps having a guy like Justin Hess, a senior with some maturity who’s been there before,” Hennon said. “I thought he and the rest of the team did a good job of keeping its poise.”
    Poise has been a good description of the Eagles this season. Despite being in the bottom third of the SoCon in batting average (.282) and earned run average (5.32), GSU has done the little things well on its way to a 5-1 start to top the league.
    Fielding percentage (.961), stolen bases (34) and sacrifice flies (13) are all in the top third of the conference.
    “Fortunately we’ve been finding ways to get the job done,” Hennon said. “Our pitching of late has been a plus. You’ve got to be able to do the routine things well. Offense is going to come and go. You’re going to have days when you’re swinging it a little better and days when you’re not hitting too well.”
    First baseman T.D. Davis has been on fire for the Eagles. He has hit three home runs in the last three games, and leads the team in homers with six. He’s hitting .385 with 26 RBIs on the season.
    First pitch today against Davidson is slated for 6 p.m.
    Sam Howard will start, and Jason Richman will get the nod on Saturday’s game, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
    The Eagles have not yet named a starter for Sunday’s game, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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