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Local Roundup: Cochrane named SoCon PotW
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    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Georgia Southern's Steve Cochrane was named the Southern Conference's Baseball Player of the Week on Monday. The senior first baseman hit .412 (7-for-17) with two home runs and 13 RBIs during five games last week.
    Cochrane hit a pair of home runs and scored eight times to help the Eagles go 4-1 last week. He came up big in the ninth inning of the win over No. 21 Georgia Tech, drawing a walk with the bases loaded to plate the tying run.
    Cochrane recorded seven RBIs, just two short of the GSU single-game record in Sunday's 20-4 win over North Carolina Central. The senior drove in a run in all but one plate appearance and launched his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.
    The Eagles (6-2) hit the road for the first time in 2011 on Wednesday, March 2. The Eagles will face North Florida at 7 p.m. before returning home for a three-game series with St. John's beginning Friday.

Claxton knocks off JCHS
    MILLEN — The Claxton Tigers (2-2) evened their record with a 5-4 win Monday on the road against Jenkins County.
    Kenny Jones got the win on the mound, and Dalton Deloach led the Tigers at the plate with a pair of hits.
    The Tigers face Portal on the road Wednesday at 5 p.m.
GSU T&F places third in SoCon
    Clemson, S.C. — Senior Lynndsey Hyter was named the most outstanding female athlete and also won Top Field Performer honors for the second straight year at the Southern Conference Indoor Track and  Field Championships. The Georgia Southern track and Field team finished third with 97 points at the 2011 event behind first place Appalachian State (185 points) and Western Carolina (110.5 points). The meet was held at Clemson’s Indoor Track and Field Complex for the sixth-consecutive year.
    Hyter became the first woman in SoCon history to win the Pentathlon title three times as well as the first to win it in three consecutive years. The Dallas, Texas, native also won the individual long jump event with a career-best distance 19’-10.75” that ranks third on Georgia Southern’s all-time chart.  She added a second-place finish in the triple jump (40’-00.5’) in her field events competition.
    The outdoor season begins March 11 as the Eagles Track and Field team travels to the Palmetto Classic in Charleston, S.C.

Furman sweeps Lady Eagles tennis
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman (3-4) came away the winner by a 7-0 score on Sunday as the Georgia Southern women’s tennis team (3-4) wrapped up its first weekend of Southern Conference play.
    The Eagles will have a week off from competition before a non-conference match with Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, March 9.

Eagles finish strong at AU tourney
    AUBURN, Ala. — Georgia Southern softball completed its second come-from-behind win in as many days as the Eagles downed Murray State, 4-2, Sunday, Feb. 27, at Jane B. Moore Field in the final game of Auburn's War Eagle Classic.    
    A strong relief outing by senior Brianna Streetmon (Winder, Ga.) enabled the Eagles (7-9) to rally past the Racers and finish the weekend with a 3-2 record.
    Georgia Southern swept day two of the War Eagle Classic on Saturday, shutting out Belmont 11-0 in five innings before rallying past Middle Tennessee State, 6-5, in the nightcap.

Eagles in 13th
    PONTE VEDRA, Fla. — One day removed from tying his best round at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, Logan Blondell’s 4-over 76 on Monday helped the senior maintain a tie for 29th place individually.
    His Monday score kept Georgia Southern within reach of a top-10 finish going into Tuesday’s final round in 13th of 15 teams at the par-72, 6,942-yard Sawgrass Country Club.
    Georgia Southern will be paired with Jacksonville and UAB for the final round. Will Evans will tee off first for the Eagles on the 10th hole beginning at 8:36 a.m. today.

Childress named SoCon CoF

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Southern Conference announced Monday that Jack Childress has been hired to serve as the league’s Coordinator of Officials for football. 
    A former Southern Conference official (1996-97), Childress spent the past 14 years officiating in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  He replaces Don Lucas who spent 18 years as coordinator for the SoCon before resigning to focus on his duties as Coordinator of Officials for the Sun Belt Conference.
    This past season Childress took over as Coordinator of Officials for the South Atlantic Conference.

Rattlers top GSU at home
    Florida A&M spoiled the return home for the Georgia Southern men’s tennis team with a 5-2 win at the Hanner Tennis Complex Sunday. Juan Melian Puigventos and Matthijs Verdam went undefeated in singles play with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
    Georgia Southern plays six of its next seven matches at home and continues its current homestand with league opponent Furman on today. The match is set for a 2:30 p.m. start.

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