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Well-rested Eagles ready to get back to work

            There’s a crucial series happening right now in South Carolina with The Citadel facing off against College of Charleston.

            The two squads lead Georgia Southern with a slight edge in Southern Conference standings and the implications of the series on GSU’s chances of a regular-season title are huge. But for the Eagles, there’s no time to worry about any of that.

            With a week off, final exams, graduation and a non-conference series of their own to worry about today against Alcorn State, all the Eagles are worrying about are themselves.

            “The big focus is how we play, getting out there and playing good baseball,” said GSU coach Rodney Hennon. “Doing the things we need to do to win.”

            The break couldn’t have come at a better time. With final exams in the books, it’s the time of year when all of the team’s focus shifts to the diamond.

            “I think at this point in the year it’s a good thing,” Hennon said. “With the number of games that we play and with it being compacted, and also trying to balance the responsibilities you have as a student first, it’s a grind.

“One thing about this time of year – once you finish up final exams and graduation is here, that’s a big burden off our guys’ shoulders. It’s a fun time of year when school is behind you and you can just go out and focus on playing, trying to make a run at winning a championship.”

Alcorn State (23-21, 14-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) enter the series winning five out of six, but the loss was a big one, as the Braves fell 24-10 to Grambling State on April 27.

The biggest win of the season for Alcorn came in the season opener – a 1-0 win over Louisiana Tech – but the Braves have struggled to notch series wins since. The only sweeps have been a 4-0 run over Tougaloo and a three-game sweep over Alabama A&M.

Georgia Southern entered the break on a hot streak, winning four in a row including a sweep at Furman after dropping a home series against Western Carolina.

The Alcorn series, which starts with today’s 1:30 p.m. doubleheader, is followed immediately with a Tuesday date hosting Charleston Southern at 6 p.m.

The Eagles (26-19, 16-8 SoCon) return to conference play Friday when they travel to Davidson (19-26, 5-19).


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