Georgia Tech (1-2) at Georgia Southern (2-1)
6 p.m., J.I Clements Stadium
GT — Ryan (0-1)
GSU — Alonzo (0-0)
Radio: 106.5, 103.7 FM
Georgia Southern usually has a good turnout on opening weekend.
Every year since 2007, the Eagles have opened the season at home to near-record crowds.
They opened 2014 on the road in Athens, against Georgia, and it wasn’t all that different. In fact, by the time GSU was up 18-4 in the decisive third game on Sunday, there was more blue than red in UGA’s stadium.
“We appreciated the fans that made the trip,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “When you get a Georgia or a Georgia Tech that come in down here, there’s a lot of interest in those types of games. It looks like we’ll have some pretty good weather, so hopefully we can fill the stadium up (today).”
The Eagles (2-1) open the home slate at 6 p.m., in J.I Clements Stadium against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1).
The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 6-5 win over Old Dominion but dropped games to Radford and Virginia Commonwealth in Atlanta at the Battle for Midtown.
Like the Eagles, Georgia Tech has a lot of new faces in the lineup.
“I think they’ve got 14 new players,” Hennon said about the Yellow Jackets. “There’s a lot of new faces on there, but Georgia Tech is always talented. They’ve got veterans among some of those new guys to give them some leadership.”
Tech split a pair of mid-week games with GSU in 2013 and owns a 93-30 record all time against Georgia Southern.
Eric Alonzo will get the start for the Eagles. He made his GSU debut on Saturday against UGA, allowing an unearned run while pitching 1.2 innings and striking out two.
Tech will throw Zac Ryan, who allowed the game-winning RBI against Radford in Saturday’s 3-1 loss. He faced seven batters and struck out two.
The Eagles are riding a wave of 30 runs in three games against Georgia.
“Our kids continued to play hard. I don’t think we gave away a lot of at-bats over the weekend, and our approach was pretty good,” Hennon said about the opening series. “There were a lot of positives we can take from it, and there were a lot of mistakes we can point out (in practice on Tuesday). We’ll learn from them. It should give us some confidence moving forward, but our guys understand that there’s a long way to go. We’ve just got to focus on the day to day and keep improving as we moved along.”
Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.