Eagles look to bounce back

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Colin Ritsick

After dropping its first Southern Conference series this year, the Georgia Southern University baseball team will look to get back to its winning ways on the road tonight at Jacksonville University.

The Eagles (18-9, 9-3 SoCon) have already drowned the Dolphins (9-18, 2-3 Atlantic Sun Conference) once this season only one week ago. That game ended in an 11-4 victory bolstered by 11 hits for GSU, four of which came from junior utility man Stryker Brown.

That game, however, was at home where the Eagles are 12-5. Tonight, GSU will play its fourth of eight consecutive games on the opponent’s turf. Almost half of the Eagles losses come from away matchups although only about one-third of its games have been on the road.

The big three for GSU; senior infielder T.D. Davis, junior infielder Ben Morgan and sophomore catcher Chase Griffin will need to make their presence at the plate known. These three players alone have accounted for 52 percent (85 of 162) of the teams total RBI this season.

But if tonight’s game goes anything like last week’s game, all the Eagles really need to do is put the ball on the ground. JU totaled four errors against GSU in the last matchup; two of which came on back-to-back infield ground balls with two outs that were booted and allowed runners to score for the Eagles.

That is kind of the way that the season has gone for the Dolphins, according to a JU baseball media contact.

Before losing two of three to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this past weekend, the Eagles were riding an eight-game win streak and were ranked No. 22 in Baseball America’s poll. Tonight’s game is a pivotal matchup for GSU if it wishes to gain some momentum before heading into Boone, N.C. to take on Appalachian State University next weekend.