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Red-hot Eagles face series against Indiana

Indiana at Georgia Southern
Today, 6 p.m., J.I. Clements Stadium
Radio: 103.7 FM
Probable Starters
IU — Joey DeNato, LHP
GSU —Justin Hess, RHP

Southern Conference Baseball Standings
Team                       SoCon    All    Streak    GB

UNC Greensboro            0-0    3-0    W-3    —
Appalachian State           0-0    2-0    W-2    —
Samford                         0-0    4-1    W-1    —
Ga. Southern                0-0    3-1    W-3    —
The Citadel                    0-0    3-1    W-1    —
Charleston                     0-0    3-1    W-2    —
Wofford                        0-0    3-1    L-1    —
Western Carolina           0-0    3-1    W-1    —
Furman                          0-0    2-1    L-1    —
Davidson                       0-0    2-1    L-1    ­—
Elon                              0-0    2-2    W-1    —

This weekend in the SoCon
    Charleston vs. ISU at Auburn Tournament 
    Dayton at UNC Greensboro
    Elon vs. CCU at Costal Carolina Tournament
    Georgetown at Davidson
    Indiana at Georgia Southern
    Michigan State vs. WCU at Greenville
    Pittsburgh at Wofford
    Purdue vs. Samford at Starkville, Ms.
    The Citadel at North Florida

    Considering their three-game winning streak — two against Georgia and one against Florida — it would be easy to understand if the Georgia Southern Eagles were lacking a little bit of focus heading into this weekend’s three-game series against Indiana.
    That’s not the case, though. The Eagles (3-1) knew what they were getting into before the season even started.
    “Obviously, the start has been good,” GSU coach Rodney Hennon said. “It’s given us some confidence and some momentum. We knew before the season started that it was going to be a challenge up front with the people on our schedule. I think it’s helped with the focus.”
    They certainly won’t be taking the Hoosiers (2-1) lightly. Indiana, which was picked to win the Big 10 this season, took two out of three from GSU in 2012.
    “Our guys understand that they’ve got to prepare well and continue to work hard and make good decisions out there,” Hennon said.
    In Wednesday’s win over No. 13 Florida, the Eagles built a 6-1 advantage before the Gators stormed back and took a 7-6 lead.
    It took an 0-2, two-out single by cleanup hitter T.D. Davis in the bottom of the ninth to drive in Ben Morgan and send the game to extra innings.
    “There was no panic in the dugout,” Hennon said. “Guys just kept playing.”
    Davis has been on fire in the early season, batting .533 (8-for-15) with a pair of doubles and a home run. Morgan, the two-hole hitter, is 8-for-18 and has crossed the plate nine times.
    The Eagles have been a nightmare for their opposition on the base paths, swiping all 11 bases they’ve attempted. 
    The only negative against Florida was closer Kyle Rowe (1.50 ERA in six innings so far this season), who ended up pitching four innings of scoreless ball to help preserve the win in Gainesville.
    He won’t be available until Sunday’s game against Indiana.
    Friday’s scheduled starter, Justin Hess, hasn’t pitched since the season-opener against Georgia — a 6-5 loss that featured a five-run second inning by the Bulldogs — and has been chomping at the bit to get back on the mound.
    “I feel good about giving the ball back to Justin Hess,” Hennon said. “I know he’s eager to get back out there.”
    Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
    Saturday will get underway at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday’s game has been moved to 11:30 a.m. due to travel complications with the Hoosiers’ schedule.

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