Softball Opens Citrus Classic with a Pair of Losses
KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Georgia Southern Softball opened the 2013 Citrus Classic from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with a pair of losses to Boston University (2-1 in 8 innings) and Wisconsin (3-0). The Eagles are back in action on Saturday with games against the Terriers and Badgers starting at 2:30 p.m.
- GAME ONE | GSU 1 | BU 2 | 8 Inn. -
Georgia Southern’s opening game of the 2013 Citrus Classic turned into a pitcher’s duel with both teams going scoreless for the first six innings. Senior Tabby Douberley broke the scoreless deadlock with her first home run of the season which gave the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.
Boston University, however, roared back in the bottom of the seventh by producing a late rally. The Terriers were reduced to their final out with runners on second and third when a single up the middle plated the tying run, sending the game to extra innings.
The Eagles went scoreless in their fourth trip to extra innings this season. Boston University used a sacrifice bunt to move the tiebreaker runner to third. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly to left which was mis-played for an error, allowing the winning run to score from third base.
Junior Allie Miles had a solid outing in the circle, keeping the defending America East Conference Champions scoreless for the first six and two-thirds. She scattered seven Terrier hits while striking out eight batters.
- GAME TWO | GSU 0 | WISCONSIN 3 -
Georgia Southern and Wisconsin went scoreless for the first four innings before the Badgers manufactured a single run by playing small ball. A home run in the sixth followed by a double spelled an end to Sarah Purvis’ outing in the pitching circle. Another run scored in the inning after the junior’s departure to give the Badgers a 3-0 lead.
The Eagle bats were quieted by Wisconsin’s Cassandra Darrah who tossed a no-hitter. GSU earned three walks in the game and Alexa Lewis reached base on a throwing error by the Wisconsin shortstop in the sixth inning.
Purvis worked five plus innings with four strikeouts while allowing five Wisconsin hits. She was handed her second loss of the season and falls to 5-2 on the season. Brooke Red pitched the final two innings allowing three hits, with no runs on her account.
Georgia Southern is back in action on Saturday afternoon against the same two opponents. The Eagles face BU at 2:30 p.m. before facing the Badgers again at 4:45 p.m. The weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon with a third game against Wisconsin starting from 9 a.m.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Friday, 22 February 2013 18:02