What to watch for in Spring Sports

Thomas Jilk

Men’s Basketball

The men’s team has entered conference play, and look to continue good their start in conference play. The Eagles are 10-6 overall, but are 3-0 in Sun Belt games against Georgia State, Troy and South Alabama. Coach Mark Byington will look to sophomore guards Ike Smith and Tookie Brown to lead the Eagles. Smith is averaging 19.7 points per game, which leads the team, while Brown is averaging 17.3 points per game. The exciting pair provide great promise for the program’s future. Savannah’s NBC affiliate WSAV will broadcast two of the men’s home games in against Louisiana-Monroe on February 4 and Texas State on February 18. 

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team has struggled all year long. At 4-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play, the Eagles are ranked 11th in the Sun Belt, and certainly look to be one of the worst teams in the conference. On the bright side, Patrice Butler is having a very solid year with 14.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG while shooting 83 percent from the free throw line and 38 percent from deep. There have certainly been some close calls this year, with four of the ten losses on the year coming from a mere 17 points combined.


The Eagles will look to repeat the success from last season, where they reached the Sun Belt Championship game. Junior Logan Baldwin and senior Ryan Cleveland will look to lead a balanced Eagles offense to an improved year. Baldwin batted .304 last season and will try to to improve heading into this season, while Cleveland batted .286 last season. Seniors Landon Hughes and Evan Challenger will look to lead the Eagles’ pitching staff.

Baseball always provides a few more big-name opponents on the schedule. The season begins on February 17 at J.J. Clements Stadium with a three-game series against Middle Tennessee State. On February 24, the Georgia Bulldogs come to town to begin a three-game stint against the Eagles.

Other notable home games include against College of Charleston, Georgia Tech and of course the series against Appalachian State. 

Conference play for the Eagles begins on March 17 against South Alabama. The Eagle will face the new member of the Sun Belt and current College World Series champion, Coastal Carolina, in April. The Sun Belt Baseball Championships will take place at J.I. Clements Stadium in May.


The season opens on February 10 against North Carolina-Greensboro, beginning a five-game home stand at the Eagle Round Robin to open the year – including a February 11 match-up against SEC Tennessee.

Another Statesboro event, the Eagle Classic, begins March 3 and pits the Eagles against the likes of Marshall, Presbyterian College and others.

The Eagles start conference play on March 11 against Troy. The Sun Belt Conference tournament begins May 10 in Troy, Alabama.

Men’s Golf

The annual Schenkel Invitational kicks off at Statesboro’s Forest Heights Country Club on St. Patrick’s Day and runs three days. All the other tournaments are out of Statesboro, the closest being the Palmetto Invitational beginning March 6 in Aiken, South Carolina. The men’s Sun Belt Championship will begin April 23 in Destin, Florida. The Eagles were led in the fall by Archer Price, Steven Fisk and Jake Storey, who will look to continue their success on the links this spring.

Women’s Golf

The Eagles had a strong showing in their fall campaign, led by senior Iben Hvass, who notched two top-5 individual tournament finishes. Hvass and her teammates will be back in action beginning February 13 at the Texas State Invitational. Their Sun Belt Championship will take place beginning April 17 in Shoal Creek, Alabama.

Men’s Tennis

The Eagles will begin the spring season traveling, including trips to Clemson, The University of Florida and Florida State. Their first home match of the spring is against Alabama State on January 28 at the Wallis Tennis Center, followed by a slew of home matches throughout February and early March.

The Eagles will look to improve on their 15-8 overall record from last season. The Sun Belt Championships commence on April 20 in New Orleans.

Women’s Tennis

The first three women’s matches are at home, beginning on January 21 against SCAD. The Eagles will look to improve their 12-9 record from last season. On March 26, rival Georgia State comes to Statesboro to take on the Eagles. Their Sun Belt Championship begins on April 20 in New Orleans.