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Eagles find pitching coach
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    Georgia Southern baseball coach Rodney Hennon has named former major leaguer Jason Beverlin his new pitching coach. Beverlin replaces Brett Lewis, a former GSU pitcher who coached under Hennon the last five seasons.
    Beverlin, a right-handed pitcher, played college ball at Western Carolina with Hennon and Eagle hitting coach Mike Tiddick.
    Born in Ohio, Beverlin was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the fourth round of the 1994 MLB draft. During his professional career Beverlin played in the A’s, New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers organizations.
    He had brief stints in the major leagues in 2002 with Cleveland and Detroit. Beverlin, 33, also played professionally in Japan in 2003, ‘04 and ‘06 and missed the ‘05 because of the elbow ligament replacement procedure known as Tommy John surgery.    
    In 2002, he appeared in four games for the Indians, allowing nine hits and six earned runs in 7.1 innings. He struck out nine. Beverlin also saw time in three games for the Tigers, striking out seven and surrendering 18 hits in 12.1 innings of work.
    Beverlin has nearly 10 years of minor league baseball experience, pitching most recently for the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians, this season. In four games, he had a 4.50 ERA with four hits, three earned runs and seven strikeouts in six innings.
    Hennon is on the road recruiting this week and was unavailable for comment.

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.